Nemesis you are applying racing logic where it just doesn't belong, you talk like you don't know how and why the Breeding industry works the way it does??
The two industries are totally difference and as they say in the classics, any similarity is purely coincidental,
What is good for racing is bad, in fact a disaster for breeders.... and vice versa, they have wangled every position of power in racing, not because they care about racing but so they can manipulate it to their own benefit, that ain't news is it?
Let me explain how the system works...and why we "specialise" in sprinters(actually we don't specialise in sprinters or should I say the breeding industry doesn't) what they specialise in is 2 year olds and a by product of that is Sprinters, Good older sprinters is purely unintentional on their part
let me tell you why
sprinting breeds usually mature early, hence in a sale ring they look like a racehorse even as a yearling, this means they will bring a premium, trouble is, what you see is what you get, not a lot of improvement maturity wise etc,
Staying breds on the other hand look like foals (by comparison) it takes an expert to see the potential and there is much more room for error, hence they do not sell as well
Point 2, when a stallion succeeds in replicating what he did best, win a baby race....he gets the best mares and the best chance to succeed, if he does his progeny bring big money, that generates very high stallion fees........Breeders win from every angle while they destroy the fabric that made racing great, racing will always be there but is losing ground year after year, because the public doesn't care about it any more
Point 3 and this is the really important one, if a buyer buys a stayer and gives it the time it needs, he won't be back on the buying bench for 3 maybe 4 years, if you buy a sprinter you know by the following year if it's any good, if it is good, you come back to by another, if it is no good you come back to buy a replacement, the bench is full every year and competitive, they are not even trying to buy a good racehorse, most are looking to buy a stallion and sell it for $20/30 million....in any other industry it would be illegal and called Pyramid selling, they are manipulating prices, I could tell you about some scams I Know have happened but that is getting into murky legal ground
so you can see what Breeders have done to our industry, they are like the mining industry who find minerals dig it up for a few years, take all the profit, then when it runs out, they move on leaving great gaping holes where nothing will ever grow again....they just don't give a damn, only the environmentalists make the Government keep them in check to a point....there is no such check on big Breeders, if racing fell over tomorrow they would move on to something else, they would not miss a beat and they would not look back
that is why we "specialise" in breeding sprinters, it is NOT because that is what we are good at, it is because that is where the money is, raping and pillaging doesn't bother them and very few even know what they are doing anyway
No one, not a soul in the industry will ever complain about it, cos Breeders have positioned themselves as the biggest owners and have horses with all the top trainers and ridden by all the top jockeys....it would be like a drug addict criticizing their drug supplier, too afraid they will get cut off, they are all hooked on the Big Breeders Kool Aid, there is no answer
Just so long as we all know that it isn't raining!