Stallion Spotlight: Spendthrift Farm’s Mark Toothaker On Cross Traffic

Stallion Spotlight offers stud farm representatives a chance to address breeders and answer questions as they finalize their mating decisions for the 2020 breeding season.

In this edition, Spendthrift Farm stallion sales manager Mark Toothaker talks about Cross Traffic, the leading freshman sire of 2018 and sire of champion Jaywalk.

Cross Traffic
Gr. or ro. h., 2009, Unbridled’s Song x Stop Traffic, by Cure the Blues
Race Record: 6-3-2-0; $687,967
Notable Wins: G1 Whitney Invitational Handicap
Advertised Fee: $15,000

1) What is Cross Traffic’s strongest selling point as a stallion?

Toothaker: Leading freshman sire with a champion in his first crop and a horse in Ny Traffic that has already qualified as of now for this year’s Kentucky Derby in his second crop. They are fast like he was, and can carry their speed two turns.

2) If I’ve got a mare that needs help from the stallion on a physical characteristic, what can Cross Traffic best contribute to the equation?

Toothaker: Cross Traffic will get you leg on your foal as well as some stretch.

3) What can a breeder expect from a Cross Traffic foal as a weanling? As a yearling?

Toothaker: From what I have seen they just tend to get better with age, some can be a little leggy and gangly as weanlings, but they seem to really come together as they become yearlings.

4) What crosses – either physical or pedigree – seem to be the most consistent in producing winners from Cross Traffic, and which ones do you think might have potential to grow in that category?

Toothaker: From what I’ve seen from looking at so many at the sales and at farms, I try to recommend a mare that has a Quarter Horse look to her. I feel like he needs a mare with bone and a strong hip. He will get you the leg and scope. Tim Hamlin and I bred a Lion Heart mare to him that was the physical that I described and got a tremendous physical that Woods Edge Farm sold for $160,000 this last October.

5) Cross Traffic was the leading freshman sire of his class by earnings, and got a champion from his first crop in Jaywalk. How important is it for a young stallion to get off the mark like that, and what did you see from Cross Traffic’s first crop beyond Jaywalk that proved it had depth?

Toothaker: Jaywalk was such a boost to Cross Traffic, but what was so exciting is he had stakes horses all over the country. As of today, he has seven stakes winners, which is tied with Goldencents, and 15 stakes horses. That puts him tied for second on the third-crop sire list.

6) There are several sons of Unbridled’s Song vying to be the last great son of the sire at stud. What advantages does Cross Traffic have among the others in that race?

Toothaker: He has sired a champion, been a leading freshman sire, and has a ton of horses in the pipeline having bred 190 mares last year. I believe time will prove him to be the greatest son of Unbridleds Song.

7) What’s something about Cross Traffic that you think goes overlooked?

Toothaker: His freakish talent. This is a horse that could go 1:08 on the front end and just keep going. Posting a 117 Beyer puts him in elite territory – that’s one of the best of the last decade.

8) What makes Cross Traffic a value in his price bracket?

Toothaker: He has proven he can get you a champion plus a pile of stakes horses, not many in the $15,000 stud fee range can say that. I just love the fact breeders can take advantage of that.

9) What else should someone considering Cross Traffic know before making the call?

Toothaker: We have a ton of incentives right now on Cross Traffic. We have pay out of proceeds with forgiveness, as well as on stands and nurse contracts, we can help with a month’s worth of board. Tremendous value awaits breeders with Cross Traffic in combination with our great incentives.

To learn more about Cross Traffic, click here.

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