8% Stakes Winners and 16% Black Type Horses to Starters

2020 racing: PROVEN STRATEGIES, winner of the Toronto Cup S. and runner-up in the Pennine Ridge S. (G2)HIGHLAND GLORY, winner of the Sanibel Island S. and runner-up in the Wonder Again S. (G3); SKY PROMISE, winner of the Temperence Hill S.; HIGHLAND SKY, runner-up in the Bowling Green S. (G2); EYEINTHESKY, runner-up in the Royal North S. (G2);  SWEET BYE AND BYE, placed in the Noble Damsel S. (G3); etc.

Named a 2020 Value Sire by the TDN: "You couldn't prove a mare at a better fee."

4 Juvenile Stakes Winners in 2019: 2YO filly PERFECT ALIBI, winner of Spinaway S. (G1) and Adirondack S. (G2); FLY SO PRETTY, winner of the Stewart Manor S.; IRISH MIAS, winner of the Laurel Futurity; MERU, winner of the Smoke Glacken S. and runner-up in the Nashua S. (G2)

Other stakes horses in 2019: HIGHLAND SKY, winner of the John's Call S. and placed in the Belmont Gold Cup Inv. S. (G2); SKY PROMISE, winner of the John Bullit S.; EYEINTHESKY, winner of the Galway S. and Mizdirection S.; WORKAHOLIC, winner of the Cicada S.; LEADEM IN KEN, winner of the Stonerside Sprint S.; SWEET BYE AND BYE, runner-up in the Athenia S. (G3); Avie's Mesa, runner-up in the Singspiel S. (G3); etc.

Leading sire of 2019 Saratoga Summer race meet by number of stakes winners

2019 sales: 2YOs of $300,000$170,000, etc. Yearlings up to $230,000 

An astonishing 16.5% stakes horses to runners and 75.5% winners to starters

Lifetime statistics: 140 black type horses, 72 stakes winners, 25 Graded stakes winners, 5 champions, and progeny earnings of over $60 million

Sire of GRADE 1 WINNERS on every surface

GRADE 1-WINNING juvenile by A.P. Indy's best sire, Pulpit

Out of a full sister to world class sire Bernstein - direct family of *La Troienne

Sky Mesa
Proven Strategies earned his first career stakes win Saturday in the $100,000 Toronto Cup at Woodbine...

Highland Glory is a perfect two-for-two on the turf after her gallant victory in Saturday's $100,000 Sanibel Island S. at Gulfstream Park...

Sky Mesa's multiple graded stakes winner Sky Promise made up 15 lengths in the final half-mile to win the inaugural running of the $125,000 Temperence Hill S...

Fly So Pretty soared past the entire field in the final quarter-mile of the $100,000 Stewart Manor S. at Aqueduct to win the six-furlong turf contest by a half-length...

Long known as a leading 2-year-old sire, Sky Mesa has a pair of juveniles in action during Friday's Breeders' Cup races at Santa Anita Park...

Three Chimneys Farm will host its annual open house and stallion show Monday through Friday, Nov. 4-8...

Irish Mias and Meru both won their first stakes on Saturday and gave Sky Mesa a pair of new 2-year-old black-type winners with victories in the $200,000 Laurel Futurity and the $75,000 Smoke Glacken S...

Sky Promise, a multiple graded stakes winner last year at three, earned his fourth career stakes victory Saturday at Canterbury Downs with a 5 1/2-length score in the John Bullitt S...

Sky Mesa's brilliant 2-year-old filly Perfect Alibi squeezed through two narrow openings for a very game win in Sunday's $350,000 Spinaway S. (G1) at Saratoga...

Highland Sky made the most of his first start on the main track in nearly two years in the $100,000 John's Call S. Wednesday at Saratoga...
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Age Starts Firsts Seconds Thirds Earnings
2 3 3 0 0 $416,576
3 3 0 1 1 $216,500
  6 3 1 1 $633,076

Won at 2

  • Hopeful S. at Saratoga (G1, 7f in 1:23.08, defeating Pretty Wild, Zavata, Storm Cadet, Roaring Fever, Rights Reserved).
  • Breeders' Futurity at Keeneland (G2, 8.5f in 1:46.78, by 4, defeating Lone Star Sky, Truckle Feature, Tito's Beau, Super Frolic, etc.).
  • Maiden special weight at Saratoga (6f in 1:10.97, by 7 3/4, defeating Ozzie Cat, Captain Fantastic, Bham, Valiant Edge, etc.).

2nd at 3

  • Haskell Invitational H. at Monmouth Park (G1, 9f, to Peace Rules, defeating Funny Cide, Wild and Wicked, Max Forever, Kool Humor, etc.)

3rd at 3

  • Dwyer S. at Belmont Park (G2, 8.5f, to Strong Hope, Nacheezmo, defeating Private City, Best Minister, Go Rockin' Robin, etc.).
Sky Mesa

Sky Mesa - Progeny

  • General Quarters - Toyota Blue Grass S. (G1), Churchill Downs Turf Classic S. (G1)
  • Sky Diva - Frizette S. (G1), Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies S. (G1)
  • Giulia - Maroñas G.P. Ciudad de Montevideo (G1)
  • Skylighter - Indiana Oaks (G2), Allaire Dupont Distaff S. (G2), Falls City H. (G2)
  • Ami's Mesa - Presque Isle Downs Masters S. (G2)
  • Storm Mesa - San Clemente H. (G2)
  • Satans Quick Chick - Lexus Raven Run S. (G2)
  • Sky Treasure - Nassau S. (G2)
  • Llanarmon - Natalma S. (G2)
  • Beethoven - Kentucky Jockey Club S. (G2)
  • Skyway - Best Pal S. (G2)
  • Thiskyhasnolimit - Iroquois S. (G3), Texas Mile S. (G3)
  • Ol' Fashion Gal - Jimmy Durante S. (G3), Selene S. (G3)
  • Dynamic Sky - Red Smith H. (G3)
  • My Impression - Commonwealth Oaks (G3)
  • Belle Hill - Autumn Miss S. (G3)
  • Family Meeting - Jimmy Durante S. (G3) 
  • Final Mesa - Old Hat S. (G3) 
  • Terrain - Arlington-Washington Futurity (G3) 
  • Wonderlandbynight - Arlington-Washington Lassie S. (G3) 
  • Sky Captain - Dominion Day S. (G3) 
  • Maldita Primavera - Clasico Cesar del Rio Suito (G3) 
  • Sky Girl - Dogwood S. (G3) 
  • Sky Promise - Canadian Derby (G3)

By: Alan Porter

“A prolific and consistent source of stakes winners, Sky Mesa continues to be one of the most successful A.P. Indy line stallions at stud today.” 

Sky Mesa has demonstrated a strong affinity with mares by Unbridled and sons. His is sire of two stakes winners, including grade one winner Sky Diva out of mares by Unbridled, and grade one winner Sky Captain out of a mare by Unbridled’s Song, as well as a stakes winner out of a mare by Anees. Other sources of Unbridled to try here include Empire Maker (sire of Pioneerof the Nile and Bodemeister, whose dam reverses the cross that produced Sky Mesa), Grindstone and Birdstone. It would be possible to introduce Unbridled’s Song through such as Songandaprayer, Half Ours, Even the Score, Old Fashioned, Rockport Harbor (broodmare sire of a Sky Mesa stakes winner) and Dunkirk (giving inbreeding to A.P. Indy) and First Defence (who gives inbreeding to Seattle Slew). Sky Mesa’s multiple graded stakes winner Ami’s Mesa is out of a mare by Victory Gallop (by Cryptoclearance, the grandsire of Candy Ride), and there are also two Sky Mesa stakes winners out of a mare by Quiet American (grandsire of Midnight Lute), and one out of a mare by Rubiano (sire of Too Much Bling).

Sky Mesa has also flourished with mares descending from Mr. Prospector via Forty Niner. He has graded stakes winner Terrain out of a mare by Forty Niner himself, and graded stakes winner Dynamic Sky from a mare by Distorted Humor (sire of Any Given Saturday – who would give inbreeding to A.P. Indy – Sharp Humor, Flower Alley, Jimmy Creed and Maclean’s Music), as well as a stakes winner out of a mare by Banker’s Gold. Other sons of Forty Niner to consider include Coronado’s Quest, Tactical Advantage, End Sweep, Trippi, Gold, Twining, Gold Fever, Luhuk, Editor’s Note (giving inbreeding to Seattle Slew) and Jules

From the Carson City branch of Mr. Prospector, Sky Mesa has two stakes winners out of mares by that horse himself, including graded stakes winner Beethoven, as well as a stakes winner out of a mare by Boone’s Mill, and we might also bring this strain in through City Zip, Cuvee, Lord Carson, Good and Tough, Pollard’s Vision and Five Star Day. There are a wide range of other branches of Mr. Prospector that have enjoyed success under Sky Mesa. Grade two winners Llanarmon and Sky Treasure are out of mares by Smart Strike; graded scorer Wonderlandbynight is from a daughter of Gulch (sire of Thunder Gulch, and grandsire of Point Given, himself broodmare sire of Sky Mesa graded winner Belle Hill); from the Gone West branch we find graded scorer Sky Captain out of a daughter of Smarty Jones (by Elusive Quality, a son of Gone West), and a stakes winner out of a mare by El Corredor, who is by the Gone West son, Mr. Greeley, which also suggests trying mares by Speightstown, Grand Slam and Proud Citizen); a grade one winner by Seeking the Gold, and a stakes winner out of a mare by his son Mutakddim, with Seeking the Gold also available through Petionville, and Cape Town, who like Mutakddim, gives a double of Seattle Slew);  and stakes winners out of mares by Woodman and Distinctive Pro

In general, Sky Mesa has not shown a broad affinity for mares by sons or grandsons of Northern Dancer, but there are exceptions. He has graded stakes winners Theskyhasnolimit and Sky Girl out of mares by Deputy Minister, and a trio of stakes winners out of mares by that horse’s son, Silver Deputy (sire of Posse, Badge of Silver and Spring At Last). It could also be worth considering this line through Awesome Again (sire of Ghostzapper), Touch Gold and Dehere (broodmare sire of Sky Mesa multiple graded stakes winner Sky Promise).  Sky Mesa is sire of two-year-old graded scorer Ol’ Fashion Gal out of a mare by Horse Chestnut, from the Sadler’s Wells branch of Northern Dancer, and this suggests considering daughters of El Prado, Medaglia d’Oro, Kitten’s Joy and Artie Schiller

Sky Mesa is out of a mare by Storm Cat, but he has outperformed opportunity when crossed back over mares from that line with a graded winner out of a mare by Giant’s Causeway (sire of First Samurai) and stakes winners out of mares by Catienus, Forest Wildcat (sire of D’Wildcat and Wildcat Heir) and Tabasco Cat, and a stakes winner and grade one performer out of a mare by Tale of The Cat (whose dam is a sister to the dam of Pulpit, the sire of Sky Mesa, and who is also sire of Lion Heart). It could also be worth introducing Storm Cat through carefully chosen daughters of such as Hennessy (and his son, Johannesburg – also from the family of Pulpit – and grandson, Scat Daddy), Menifee (by Harlan, also sire of Harlan’s Holiday, himself sire of Into Mischief, Majesticperfection and ), Storm Boot, Bernstein and Forestry – all broodmare sires of A.P. Indy line stakes winners – as well as Stormy Atlantic and Stormin Fever, who would both give inbreeding to Seattle Slew. From another branch of the line of Northern Dancer’s sire, Nearctic, Pulpit and sons have done well over mares by Wild Again, who is also broodmare sire of a Sky Mesa stakes winner, and who could be brought in through Wild Rush, Offlee Wild, Vicar, Milwaukee Brew and Wild Event

Out mares from the Blushing Groom line, Sky Mesa has stakes winners out of daughters of Mt Livermore (sire of Orientate, Housebuster and Peaks and Valleys) and Cherokee Run (sire of Kafwain and Yonaguska), and as a son of Pulpit should also do well with mares by Rahy. Sky Mesa also has graded winners Skylighter and My Impression out of mares by Broad Brush (sire of Concern and Include), and two stakes winners, including graded scorer Storm Mesa, out of mares by Pleasant Colony (sire of Pleasant Tap and Pleasantly Perfect), and two stakes winners out of mares by Macho Uno (by Holy Bull).

Sky Mesa

Sky Mesa

  • Pulpit
  • Caress
  • KY
  • Stud Fee: $12,500 S&N
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  • 2000
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