Sky Kingdom is Ciaran Dunne’s Sleeper Pick of Leading Freshman Sire

It’s always among the key questions on everyone’s mind as 2-year-olds begin racing when Keeneland opens in April and the first-year sires have their first chance to show off their progeny. In this ongoing series, we have sought the opinion of several top judges as to who will be on top of the podium when 2019 is in the books.

CIARAN DUNNE, Wavertree Stables

“My sleeper pick is Sky Kingdom. We have a colt that we are taking down to the Gulfstream sale that we are extremely high on. He is a big, beautiful horse. It’s not just him. We have three others by Sky Kingdom and they all have a real pretty shape and are beautiful moving horses and have a surprising amount of speed. We’re very surprised at how fast they are for horses that are by a sire who was by Empire Maker and by a sire who went long himself. Sky Kingdom is a beautiful horse and these are pretty horses. When you see their shape, you’re not surprised how quick they are.