All Turf Sprint Roads Lead to Excess



YR24 Bay Horse

Jam x Gold Nugget, by Rock of Gibraltar

$142,000 Steward Bred Yearling

17-10-5-0  $685,750


When it comes to success with turf sprinters at Magic Raven International, all roads lead to Excess. 

Excess was a $142,000 bargain yearling purchase in Year 25.  He was a "wings" galloper, back when that was the top comment.  He was four years old when the gallop comments were expanded, and he got the top "stakes" comment.

He began his career in Japan, and won his first three starts, including two stakes.  His next start was his first defeat, but he bounced back to easily take a sponsored Japan-bred stakes, and ended the year with four wins in five starts.

He started his three year old season in less impressive fashion, only getting two seconds in his first three starts.   However, his remaining three starts resulted in three easy victories, topped by the Grade 1 Hong Kong Turf Sprint over older horses. 

At four, Excess extended his winning streak to five races, by being victorious in his first two starts of the season.  He was then second in a Grade 2, and was shipped to the U.S. for the final three races of his career.  He won a listed stakes there, and was second in a Grade 2, before succumbing to a speed dual in the Steward's Cup and finishing eighth.

At the time of his retirement, Excess was the first highly consistent Thoroughbred ever campaigned by Magic Raven Ranch, having won more races than he lost.  At stud, he never got much interest from outside breeders, but his influence over the turf sprint division of Magic Raven International has been of almost singular dominance.  His offspring are particularly notable for their longevity.

His first crop included the filly Much Color, who retired to be a star mare, and has produced two stakes winners, including a SIMMY champion.

His second crop included the Steward-bred filly More Over, who also became a stakes producer.

His third crop brought his most successful offspring, the homebred gelding Excessive Vow who, for a time, was the leading homebred for Magic Raven Ranch, with over $700,000 in career earnings, while being a successful stakes competitor through the age of seven.  The crop also included a stakes producing broodmare for another breeder, as well as homebred "star" mare Nights Too, a dam of two stakes winners.

His fourth crop brought three homebred six-figure earners.

His fifth crop included homebred 350k-earning gelding Excess Street.

His eighth crop included two 250k+ earning multiple stakes winners.

His eleventh and final crop included homebred stakes winners Extra Spurts and Extra Sides.

With only 121 starters, Excess sired a remarkable 83% winners, 9% stakes winners, and his runners have averaged a very healthy 41k in earnings.  With only twenty-two daughters becoming producers, he is the maternal grandsire of six stakes winners.

Excess has also had a significant indirect impact on the turf sprint division of Magic Raven International.  Because of his success, his siblings were eagerly sought at subsequent Steward-bred auctions.  That resulted in three highly fortuitous purchases.   The half-sister Thousands was purchased for 1.347 million, and she was a two-time South Pacific champion while racing through the age of five and earning over 800k.  The half-brother Devine Inspiration was purchased for a mere 384k, and he earned almost twice that, while being a stakes level competitor through the age of seven.  Finally, the half-sister Golden Saint was purchased for 557k, and while she couldn't get a stakes victory in two seasons of racing, she is already the dam of the 500k+ earning filly Consoler, as well as Grade 1 stakes winner Midnight Martyr.

Few SIM horses has had such a dominating impact on one stable, as Excess has had on the turf sprint division of Magic Raven International.  He was pensioned in Oklahoma, where he had stood his entire stud career, and died at the age of twenty.




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