Third Crop Sire High Rate Of Return Dies
Leading third sire High Rate Of Return died this afternoon.

© Cappy Jackson
Third Crop Sire High Rate Of Return Dies

NORMAN, OK—MAY 6, 2018— Grade 1 winner and third-crop sire High Rate Of Return SI 94 died today (Sunday) of unknown causes at Bob Moore Farms where he has stood since retirement from racing.

A spokesman for the Norman, Oklahoma farm said the 9-year-old stallion was found this evening in his paddock just minutes after being seen happy and healthy by the ranch staff. There was no sign of a struggle. He has been transported to Oklahoma State University in Stillwater where he will undergo a necropsy in hopes of finding the cause of death.

"It truly saddens me to lose this horse, it was like bringing home a family member when he came here," Bob Moore Farm General Manager Phillip Stewart said late Sunday. "We bred and sold his dam as a yearling to the Double Bar S girls and when he came here I talked with them about how cool it was for him to come here. It will be hard to walk into the stallion barn for a while."

Property of a syndicate, High Rate Of Return is currently the #2 Leading Third-Crop Sire of Leading Money Earners in the nation, The son of leading sire Mr Jess Perry is enjoying his most successful 2-year-old crop to date.

Last month he sired West Texas Futurity(G2) winner Suze Returns, a winner of 2-of-2 starts this season with earnings of $132,018. He also sired Oklahoma Futurity(G3) runner-up Reggies Bailbond and Remington Park Juvenile finalists Vf Jedi Returns and Saratoga Return. Through May 5, he has had 11 winners from 60 starters in 2018 with earnings of $486,171.

In three crops to race High Rate Of Return has sired 44 winners, 10 stakes horses (10%), earners of $1.16 million and average earnings per starter of nearly $12,000.

His top performers include Suze Returns SI 97 (2 wins at 2, 2018 $132,018 West Texas Futurity-G2), High Rate Of Motion SI 91 (2 wins to 2, 2017 $79,391 3rd West Texas Juvenile S., finalist Ruidoso Futurity-G1, etc.), Unconquerable SI 93 (3 wins to 3, 2018 $75,664 4th Oklahoma Futurity-G3, etc.), Reggies Bailbond SI 90 (winner at 2, 2018 $72,578 2nd Oklahoma Futurity-G3, etc.), First Rate Return SI 95 (3 wins to 3 $72,220, Will Rogers Juvenile Challenge, Heritage Place Futurity-G1 finalist, etc.), Highest Return SI 94 (4 wins to 4, 2018 $67,064 2nd Animas S, etc.), etc.

Bred by Double Bar S Ranch, LLC, High Rate Of Return won or placed in five of eight career starts while earning $456,010. He won the Heritage Place Futurity(G1) was third in the Farnam Stakes and a finalist in the Evangeline Downs Derby-Div. 2.

High Rate Of Return is out of the Grade 1-placed First Down Dash mare Dividends Declared, a sister to Champion Four Forty Blast SI 112, Grade 1 winner and champion sire Holland Ease SI 109, stakes-placed and Grade 1 producer Las Alamitos SI 97, Grade 1-placed Brisco County Jr SI 95, etc.

Dividends Declared is the dam of 7 ROM, 5 winners, three stakes winners including High Rate Of Return SI 97 (see above), Something Like This SI 98 and Fitz SI 103.