Great Notion once again tops Maryland stallion standings

For the sixth year in a row, Northview Stallion Station's Great Notion was the leading stallion in Maryland, and made some history in the process.

The 24-year-old set new career-highs in 2023, finishing the season with 76 winners and progeny earnings of $5,982,569. He sired the most winners by a Maryland stallion in a year since 2012, when Not For Love had 86. In addition, his progeny earnings are the third-highest by a Maryland stallion in history, and the highest since Not For Love's $6,117,580 in 2009.

Great Notion produced eight stakes winners on the year, the most prominent of which was West Virginia-bred Coastal Mission. The gelding won eight races from 10 starts during his 4-year-old season, including three stakes, and earned $448,205. His career total $586,653 makes him the fourth-richest offspring of Great Notion, trailing Anna's Bandit ($806,655), Fille d'Esprit ($780,911) and Havelock ($655,752).

Two additional Maryland stallions cracked $3 million in earnings in 2023. Northview's Golden Lad sired 67 winners and banked $3,711,105 in earnings, while Cupid, who will stand his first season in Maryland at Atlanta Hall Farm, had progeny earnings of $3,664,081, his winners including Grade 1 juvenile Carson's Run, Grade 3 winner Duke of Love and Grade 1-placed Desert Dawn. 

Golden Lad led the way in 2-year-old progeny earnings, with $703,397 from 23 runners and nine winners, with Northview's Hoppertunity less that $700 behind in second, with 12 juvenile winners from 31 starters.

Hoppertunity was the leading second-crop sire in Maryland, with $1,837,390 in earnings; his richest of 34 winners was 2-year-old stakes winner Notice of Action. Fellow Northview stallion Irish War Cry was the runner-up in the second-crop standings with 30 winners from 50 starters and $1,355,277 in earnings. 

Cupid was the leading third-crop sire, with Country Life Farm's Divining Rod (41 winners and $2,452,898 in earnings) and Murmur Farm's Blofeld (30 winners and $2,318,788 in progeny earnings), showing stronger average earnings per runner totals.