Halo, Roberto, and the Rest of the Turn-to Tribe

“Perhaps this just serves to illustrate that you really cannot expect a sire to have more than one really good son. With all due respect to Trippi and a few others, in the case of Forty Niner, it was Distorted Humor first, the rest nowhere.”

Hail to Reason had at least two really good sons, Halo and Roberto, and today I will examine the male lines of both using sales foals of 2003-2007.

Taking the latter first, the Roberto male line produced 1,240 foals among these 70,714 sales foals of 2003-2007. They were not exactly cheap, selling for a maverage of 175.44 (higher than the overall maverage of 163.11) and a Price Index of 1.08 (1.00 being average).

The best stakes winners in this group from the Roberto male line were Good Ba Ba (3,685 Performance Points) and Arravale (2,230). Good Ba Ba is by Lear Fan (by Roberto) out of Elle Meme, by Zilzal, and sold for $85,000 as a yearling in 2003. Arravale was by Arch (by Kris S., by Roberto) out of Kalosca, by Kaldoun, and sold for $190,000 as a yearling in 2004. She was Horse of the Year and champion turf female in Canada in 2006.

Including Good Ba Ba and Arravale, the Roberto male line accounted for 44 stakes winners from 1,240 foals (3.55%, above the overall figure of 3.39%). Those 44 stakes winners were pretty good collectively, averaging 703 Performance Points apiece (above the overall average of 608).

So taking both quantity and quality of stakes winners into account, these 1,240 foals had a PPI (result) of 1.21, which compares favorably with their Price Index of 1.08. They sold for prices about 8% above average and produced results about 21% above average. That merits a “B+” in terms of a letter grade.

Halo was more popular than Roberto in terms of male line among these sales foals of 2003-2007. I found 2,421 foals in the Halo male line but only one stakes winner with 2,000+ Performance Points. That was Kinsale King (2,404), by Yankee Victor (by Saint Ballado, by Halo) out of Flaming Mirage, by Woodman. Kinsale King sold for $27,000 as a yearling in 2006 and for $67,000 as a two-year-old in 2007.

These 2,421 foals in the Halo male line sold for a maverage of 158.20 (just below the overall maverage of 163.11) and a Price Index of 0.97. Including Kinsale King, the Halo male line produced 74 stakes winners from these 2,421 foals (3.06%, just below the overall figure of 3.39%). These 74 stakes winners were not a particularly good group collectively, averaging only 511 Performance Points apiece (well below the overall average of 608).

So these 2,421 foals had a PPI (result) of 0.76, well below their Price Index of 0.97. They sold for prices about 3% below average and produced results about 24% below average. That merits a “D” in terms of a letter grade.

I could not find very many foals in the Hail to Reason male line NOT through either Halo or Roberto. If you take it back another generation though to Turn-to (sire of Hail to Reason), I found another 1,152 foals in the Turn-to male line (NOT through Halo or Roberto).

These 1,152 foals were pretty cheap, selling for a maverage of 106.08 (well below the overall maverage of 163.11) and a Price Index of 0.65. Included among these 1,152 foals were 23 stakes winners (2%, well below the overall figure of 3.39%). These 23 stakes winners were not very good collectively either, averaging only 514 Performance Points apiece (well below the overall average of 608). These 23 stakes winners did not include any with 2,000+ Performance Points.

So these 1,152 foals had a PPI (result) of 0.50, which does not compare favorably with their Price Index of 0.65. They sold for prices about 35% below average and produced results about 50% below average. That merits a “D” in terms of a letter grade.

If you combine the three groups above, you get a total of 4,813 foals for the entire Turn-to male line. These 4,813 foals sold for a maverage of 150.17 (just below the overall maverage of 163.11) and a Price Index of 0.92.

Included among these 4,813 foals were 141 stakes winners (2.93%, below the overall figure of 3.39%). These 141 stakes winners were not particularly good either, collectively averaging 572 Performance Points (below the overall average of 608).

These 4,813 foals had a PPI (result) of 0.81, which does not compare favorably with their Price Index of 0.92. They sold for prices about 8% below average and produced results about 19% below average. That merits a “C” in terms of a letter grade.

To recapitulate, Roberto was pretty good. Halo was not good. All other Turn-to was not good. Roberto was the best “sire of sires” if you go back to sales foals of 1998-2002 (much of that attributable to his best son Dynaformer, who is still going strong). Perhaps the most charitable thing to say about the Turn-to male line in general though is that while it was very good in its own time, all things must pass.

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