I remember The Green Monkey as a baby. He was bred at Padua and I have nothing against the owners. I thought of him b/c of his price tag and the ridiculous of it all. Now, if we were talking about Paynter breeding then I would be all for it. This animal has shown such strength and longevity. This is a horse that would influence the breed.
If Zenyatta was a stallion the stud fee would be over 500k. Sadly, she isn't but hope she passes her amazingness down to her children. I'm not really impressed with stallions of today. There will never be another Mr. Prospector or Seatle Slew and Storm Cat. Breeding thoroughbreds is a gamble and you just never know. Secretariat is the best race horse ever but a dud in the breeding shed. I think be made a small dent as a broodmare sire. It's too bad Wise Dan, CIgar, John Henry and Lava Man weren't able to produce. I wish Bobby much success in the breeding shed!
In thoroughbreds it's about money. Even a gelding can make 10 times more than a show horse. Confirmation is one of many criteria's in choosing a TB. Unbridled as one of the most famous of all TB stallions. Yet, he was knocked knee, swayed back and had poor hind quarters. That didn't stop him from breeding amazing and outstanding racing stock. Warm bloods stallions have testing that they have to go through. The ones that do well are bred and the babies have a better chance to be branded by the breed type.