Three Hour Nap, revisited

Thoroughbred racing in Illinois gets back underway in less than two weeks.  With that on the horizon, and two-year-old races at Arlington only a few months away, it seemed a good time to revisit one of my pieces from last year, about Three Hour Nap.

Since my maiden-focused look at Three Hour Nap was published in September of last year, three more Three Hour Nap babies have joined the ranks of winners.  For three more of his babies to have won between September and January is nothing to sneeze at: he has only 25 registered foals of racing age1, including four who are two-year-olds of 2016.

One of those who broke his maiden since that first post, Runningfromthefeds, has also become Three Hour Nap’s first black type horse.  He broke his maiden at Hawthorne on October 31, followed it up with an allowance win there on November 17, and then finished third behind Vorticity in the Marylander Stakes at Laurel on December 5.  That was the first start in a stakes race by any of Three Hour Nap’s progeny.

In addition to his first black type placing, Three Hour Nap also attained his first six-figure earning progeny.  Superstar Leo got into some very good form this past fall at Hawthorne, and rattled off a trio of allowance-level victories during that meet.  In his most recent start, the five-year-old gelding held his own in an allowance-optional at Oaklawn, finishing fourth beaten only three lengths on January 17.

In general, for a breed-to-race stallion standing for a modest $1,000 stud fee, Three Hour Nap has been solid.  Among his 25 registered foals of racing age, 17 have started, and 15 have won.  The average earnings per starter are $31,745, with a median of $21,397.  All of these figures look even better in light of the fact that four of these twenty-five racing age foals included in those counts are two-year-olds of 2016.

Most of his progeny’s wins have come in modest company, relatively speaking.  His progeny have broken their maidens in a mix of maiden claiming and state-bred maiden special weight victories.  None have yet graduated in open maiden special company.  Still, they tend to figure out racing quickly.  Four of his winning progeny have graduated first out, and nine of the 15 winners have taken three starts or less to win.

Below is a revised and expanded version of the spreadsheet in my original post about Three Hour Nap, updated with information as of today.  It also has spreadsheet lines for this year’s two-year-olds.  All are still unraced, of course, but it is useful for reference, particularly given that several of this year’s juveniles have full siblings who have also raced.

1 In addition, there is one current two-year-old by Three Hour Nap with a pending registration, as well as a current five-year-old whose registration has been cancelled.  These are included in the spreadsheet for completeness’s sake, but not included in Jockey Club statistics, and are both unraced.

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