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ASHFORD STUD SCORES A DOUBLE TRIPLE
By Nicole Russo
   In early February 2015, American Phar-
oah returned to the work tab in California
for the first time since being scratched
from the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile due to
injury, with no guarantee that he would
maintain his form off the layoff. The
young broodmare Stage Magic wandered
the fields at Glennwood Farm in Kentucky,
carrying a Scat Daddy colt whom she
would deliver the following month. The
Triple Crown trophy had still been gather-
ing dust since Affirmed outdueled Alydar
in the 1978 Belmont Stakes.
   Four years later, Coolmore’s Ashford
Stud in Versailles, Ky., will open its breed-
ing shed for business with Triple Crown
heroes American Pharoah and Justify
residing in its stallion barn. American
Pharoah’s commercial-blockbuster first
crop will be preparing to race as juveniles.
Meanwhile Justify, who won all six starts
by a combined 23 3/4 lengths in a meteoric
career spanning 111 days, is the most antic-
ipated new stallion in America for 2019.
   Ashford, founded in the mid-1970’s
and sold to the Coolmore group in 1984,
becomes the fourth farm to stand multiple
American Triple Crown winners. Clai-
borne Farm stood Gallant Fox (1930) and
his son Omaha (1935), and later in its rich
history stood Secretariat (1973). Calumet
Farm homebreds Whirlaway (1941) and
Citation (1948) returned home for their stud
careers. Spendthrift Farm launched the
careers of Seattle Slew (1977) and Affirmed
(1978), both of whom later relocated.
   “The significance of that is not some-
                                                                                                                                    Barbara D. Livingston
thing that is lost on us,” said Ashford’s
                                                Justify (above) joins fellow Triple Crown winner American Pharoah at Ashford
Adrian Wallace. “The individual careers
                                                Stud, which becomes the fourth farm to stand multiple Triple Crown winners.
of both of these horses is our responsibil-
ity to the Thoroughbred industry, so to
have two Triple Crown winners standing          Club, Head of Plains Partners, and Star-          at Ashford Stud.”
here at the same time only enhances that        light Racing. Head of Plains and Starlight          Justify thus becomes the latest in his
responsibility.”                                had purchased racing rights to the colt           internationally prominent male line,
   Justify becomes the latest major chance      from SF Bloodstock, which maintained              beginning with Irish champion Storm
for Coolmore to continue to build the           breeding rights. It was widely known              Bird, to call Ashford home. Storm Bird
legacy of its late sire Scat Daddy, and it      throughout the industry that a stud deal          was purchased by Ashford founders
has continued to make major investments         with Coolmore was in the works, and               William Lockridge and Robert Hefner to
in his progeny. Securing the colt’s stal-       WinStar and Coolmore confirmed that               stand in Kentucky, and Lockridge’s work-
lion rights earlier this year represented a     deal in September.                                ing relationship with William T. Young led
major coup for the international operation,        “After much deliberation with all the          to the mating that produced the stallion’s
which negotiated the opportunity to stand       partners, we’ve decided to accept Cool-           son Storm Cat, a phenomenally influential
him from an ownership partnership that          more’s offer to stand Justify,” WinStar           stallion at Overbrook Farm. Coolmore
included another major stallion operation,      president, CEO, and racing manager                stood the Storm Cat son Hennessy and his
WinStar Farm, which stands Pioneerof            Elliott Walden said a press release at the        juvenile champion Johannesburg, who
the Nile, sire of American Pharoah.             time. “As you can imagine, this is a bitter-      sired Scat Daddy from his first crop.
   Justify,    whose     retirement      was    sweet moment for all of us connected                “The whole Storm Bird line has been
announced in July after his recov-              to this special horse who gave us the             instrumental in Coolmore America’s
ery from filling in an ankle closed the         ultimate thrill of a lifetime. We believe         history,” Wallace said. “It is a line that is
window of time to prepare him for a final       strongly in Justify as a stallion, and the        noted for 2-year-old brilliance, but also
start in the Breeders’ Cup Classic, was         ownership group has retained breeding
campaigned by WinStar, China Horse              rights. We look forward to supporting him                                      Continued on page 4
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                                                                                                                                  America’s Turf Authority Since 1894
Continued from page 3

for horses that train on to be
top class at 3. Giant’s Causeway
is an excellent example of this,                                                                                                Don Ryan
unbeaten at 2 and a five-time                                                                                                   Chief Executive Officer
Group 1 winner who went on to                                                                                                   Jim Kostas
be a champion sire three times.                                                                                                 DRF Publisher
The whole line is synonymous                                                                                                    Joseph Swavy
with Ashford Stud and what                                                                                                      Senior Vice President / Editor in Chief
we are trying to achieve, which                                                                                                 Irwin Cohen
is not only to get precocious                                                                                                   Vice President / Managing Editor
2-year-olds but for them to go on                                                                                               Itay Fisher
to be classic horses.”                                                                                                          Chief Technology Officer
   Scat Daddy, a Grade 1 winner                                                                                                 Jordan Goldberg
at ages 2 and 3, died in Decem-                                                                                                 Senior Vice President Digital
ber 2015 of a suspected cardiac                                                                                                 Irina Platonova
event. The 11-year-old was on                                                                                                   Senior Vice President Sales & Marketing
the rise at the time of his death,                                                                                              Mandy Minger
with a stud fee slated to climb                                                                                                 Vice President / Marketing
from $35,000 in 2015 to $100,000                                                                                                Robert Forbeck, rforbeck@drf.com
in 2016. Proving how prescient                                                                          Barbara D. Livingston   SVP/National Advertising Director
that plan was, the stallion’s             Justify is paraded in front of the fans at Churchill Downs days                       Lara Levine, llevine@drf.com
stock has only continued its              after becoming the 13th Triple Crown winner.                                          DRF Breeding-Director of Sales & Sponsorship
ascent     posthumously.      Scat                                                                                              Mike Jamison, mjamison@drf.com
Daddy’s daughter Lady Aure-                                                                                                     Vice President / Advertising Sales
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   And then came Justify, one                Frac Daddy - Park Stud, Ontario                                                    Entries, results, charts and
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Daddy’s penultimate crop.                    Caravaggio - Coolmore Stud, Ireland                                                The Thoroughbred Industry’s
   “If there was ever a criticism
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the last couple of years people              No Nay Never - Coolmore Stud, Ireland                                              821 Corporate Drive Lexington, KY 40503-2794
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                                                                                                                                their attention.
   Relatively early in this               niles this year, No Nay Never             Ascot during his own juvenile
phase of his career – his oldest          has emerged as a worldwide
sons are just 9 – Scat Daddy is           leader among freshman sires.                               Continued on page 6
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ASHFORD STUD SCORES A DOUBLE TRIPLE
Continued from page 4

campaign – is based at Coolmore Ireland,
                                                         TOP INCOMING STUD FEES IN KENTUCKY 2010-19
and through November had sired 29                           A little more than a decade ago, six-figure stud fees for incoming Kentucky stallions were
winners. Those are led by Group 1 Middle                 nothing out of the ordinary. Horse of the Year Ghostzapper entered stud in 2006 for $200,000,
Park winner Ten Sovereigns and Group 2                   while classic-winning champions Smarty Jones (2005) and Bernardini (2007) cashed in on
Richmond winner Land Force. He also is                   their racetrack successes to the tune of $100,000.
the sire of Mae Never No, a stakes winner                   But the recession of late 2008 vastly impacted the bloodstock industry, and with a selective
in the United States; Irish stakes winners               market trending toward proven stock, debut stud fees became one of the clearest indicators
All The King’s Men, No Needs Never, and                  of those effects. Two-time Horse of the Year Curlin (2009), one of the most accomplished
Servalan; Group 1-placed The Irish Rover;                runners in modern history, debuted for “only” $75,000, and no Kentucky stallion over the next
Group 2-placed Neverland Rock; Group                     five years debuted for more than $35,000.
3-placed We Go; and stakes-placed Art du                    The recovered market seems to have again warmed to new stallions - although it takes a
Val, Chestnut Honey, Cosmic Law, and                     unique horse, a Triple Crown hero, to crack the six-figure ceiling. Here is a year-by-year look
Nonna Grazia. No Nay Never has been                      at Kentucky’s top incoming stud fees of the past decade.
rewarded for his fast start with a quadru-
pled stud fee of 100,000 euros (about                    YEAR                STALLION                       FARM                          ADVERTISED FEE
$114,000 U.S.) for 2019.                                 2010                Zensational                    Hill ‘n’ Dale                      $25,000
  Joining No Nay Never and Caravag-
gio – whose first foals arrive in 2019 – at              2011                Blame                          Claiborne                           35,000
Coolmore Ireland next season will be                                         Lookin At Lucky                Coolmore’s Ashford                  35,000
Group 1 winner Sioux Nation. Meanwhile,
                                                                             Quality Road                   Lane’s End                          35,000
the globe-trotting Mendelssohn also
will stand at Ashford alongside Justify.                 2012                Uncle Mo                       Coolmore’s Ashford                  35,000
Mendelssohn, who won the 2018 UAE                        2013                Union Rags                     Lane’s End                          35,000
Derby by 18 1/2 lengths, is a half-brother to
four-time Eclipse Award winner Beholder.                 2014                Animal Kingdom                 Darley                              35,000
Even better for his stud prospects, he is a              2015                Will Take Charge               Three Chimneys                      30,000
half-brother to Grade 1 winner and lead-                 2016                American Pharoah               Coolmore’s Ashford                 200,000
ing sire Into Mischief.
  “All of our team loved Mendelssohn from                2017                Frosted                        Darley                              50,000
the first time we saw him as a yearling,                 2018                Arrogate                       Juddmonte                           75,000
and he has developed into a magnificent-                 2019                Justify                        Coolmore’s Ashford                 150,000
looking horse,” Ashford manager Dermot
Ryan said upon the colt’s retirement.
“Being by our own Scat Daddy and a half-
brother to Into Mischief and Beholder, you            market, Justify has supply-and-demand                leading sire Tapit at $300,000. Pioneerof
couldn’t ask for a better pedigree . . . We           economics in his favor as he debuts for an           the Nile stood for $125,000 in 2016, and
have already had a huge number of enqui-              advertised fee of $150,000 in 2019. As an            Empire Maker stood for $100,000 that
ries about him, and I have no doubt that he           additional benefit to the young stallions,           season. It was later revealed that some
will prove extremely popular.”                        American Pharoah and now Justify have                breeders were sending approved mares
  Justify and Mendelssohn become the                  arrived in a bloodstock market that, while           to American Pharoah on a two-for-one
most accomplished sons of Scat Daddy to               still somewhat polarized, has recovered              deal as Coolmore sought to assemble a
stand in Kentucky, where only Chilean                 and stabilized following the recession of            quality book, not an uncommon practice
Group 3 winner Tu Brutus represented                  a decade ago, as evidenced by long-term              to support a young stallion in a competi-
the stallion in 2018, standing at Crestwood           investments made at the recent November              tive market. American Pharoah’s fee was
Farm. Scat Daddy was a popular shuttle                breeding stock sales in Kentucky.                    listed as private for both 2017 and 2018. Off
sire in Chile, with champions including                 While stud fees are again soaring, fees            a season in which his first yearlings aver-
two Horse of the Year honorees, and his               for first-year stallions have remained               aged $453,273 worldwide, he will stand for
influence there continues to be apparent              moderate, as the market trended toward               $110,000 in 2019.
in the ranks of incoming stallions. Scat              proven stock. The Triple Crown heroes                   Justify’s fee, of course, makes him the
Daddy’s son Daddy Long Legs launched                  have proven the exception, as the only               most expensive incoming stallion in North
his career there, with a Group 1 winner in            two to debut for six-figure fees in the last         America for 2019 – and why not? Not only
his first crop, and has now been purchased            decade. American Pharoah, who won the                is he the only multiple Grade 1-winning
by the partnership of Taylor Made Farm,               2015 Breeders’ Cup Classic after taking              son from the handful of representatives
Phoenix Thoroughbreds, and KatieRich                  the Triple Crown, entered stud for an                for his deceased sire on the continent, his
Farms to stand in Kentucky for 2019,                  advertised fee of $200,000 in 2016, which            unique and meteoric career made racing
making it four sons of Scat Daddy at stud             made him the most expensive incoming                 history.
in Kentucky, and 11 overall in the United             stallion in North America since cham-                   “The year we bought Mendelssohn,
States.                                               pion Ghostzapper commanded the same                  [bloodstock agent] Paul Shanahan
  Unlike American          Pharoah,     who           fee in 2006, prior to the recession. Ameri-          commented that we had no idea how valu-
competes against sire Pioneerof the Nile              can Pharoah’s stud fee also tied him for             able Scat Daddy was going to be for us,”
and his grandsire, Gainesway’s Empire                 the second most expensive stallion on the            Wallace said. “Those words have never
Maker, at six-figure price points in the              continent overall, behind only perennial             been truer.”
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PEGASUS WORLD CUP: LAST STOP FOR NEW SIRES
By Nicole Russo
   A common criticism of the centuries-
old Thoroughbred industry is that the
wheels of change and innovation turn
at a snail’s pace. But in the case of the
Pegasus World Cup in late January, the
race has so quickly been embraced that
even the all-important bloodstock market
has adjusted its traditional practices to
accommodate the opportunity the lucra-
tive race provides.
   In each of its first two renewals, the
Pegasus was contested by Horse of the
Year honorees who were set to become
high-profile stallions in Kentucky imme-
diately following the race. The purse of
the Pegasus was $12 million in 2017, $16
million in 2018, and has been dropped to
$9 million in 2019, with $7 million going to
the purse of a new turf stakes.
   The Pegasus is expected to feature a
showdown between Breeders’ Cup Classic
winner Accelerate and Breeders’ Cup Dirt
Mile winner City of Light. City of Light is
the only horse to defeat Accelerate in 2018,
and both will head to stud at Lane’s End
Farm immediately after their final show-
down.
   There is just more than a two-week turn-
around between the race and the start of
the breeding season for new stallions.
   “It’s different, and we’re all adapting to
it,” said Bill Farish of Lane’s End.
   The Pegasus took the place of the Donn
Handicap on the Gulfstream stakes sched-
ule and assumed the Donn’s Grade 1
status. The Donn traditionally served as
a season-launching point for major handi-
cap horses set to continue on for the full
season – such as Horse of the Year honor-
ees Cigar (1995-96), Skip Away (1998), and                                                                                            Emily Shields
Saint Liam (2005). But in recent years, the           Accelerate was vanned to his future home, Lane’s End, a day after his BC Classic win.
hefty purse of the Pegasus and the timing             He will make his final career start in the Pegasus World Cup.
of the race has positioned it as a continua-
tion or ending of the prior racing season,              That transition poses a new learning       but farms take special care in the schedul-
particularly for horses who may have                  curve. Retiring runners, accustomed to       ing of new stallions who are still learning
been defeated in the Breeders’ Cup.                   the activity of their racetrack shed rows,   the ropes and developing stamina and new
   And thus, high-profile stallion pros-              must settle into the more sedate pace of     muscles for the physical process of cover-
pects face a rapid transition “from the               farm life. Some also are being turned        ing mares.
playing field to the penthouse,” as Mark              out in paddocks for the first time in a        Late-year major races such as the Clark
Taylor of Taylor Made Farm put it last                long while, a process that must be under-    Handicap or Cigar Mile provide a backup
year.                                                 taken gradually for safety reasons, while    plan for horses who miss or run poorly in
   In 2017, the Pegasus gained immediate              others who have been training in warmer      the Breeders’ Cup, and for many years the
legitimacy when two-time Horse of the                 climates need to adjust to Kentucky’s        Cigar Mile had marked an unofficial end
Year California Chrome collided with                  winter weather. Newcomers also are test-     to the racing season for stallion prospects.
champion Arrogate. Arrogate won, with                 bred, both to check their fertility and to   That provided more than three months
California Chrome finishing ninth in his              teach them the mechanics of the breed-       to transition to stallion life and allowed
final start before shipping to Taylor Made.           ing shed. Overly enthusiastic stallions      Kentucky stallions to be showcased to
Earlier this year, Horse of the Year Gun              require special attention – as do shy or     domestic and international breeders
Runner rolled in the Pegasus in his final             reluctant breeders on the other end of       who are in town for major mixed-market
start and shipped to Three Chimneys                   the spectrum. Once the formal breeding       auctions at Fasig-Tipton and Keenland in
Farm the following day to begin the tran-             season begins, popular stallions may be
sition to his stud career.                            booked to as many as three mares a day,                             Continued on page 10
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PEGASUS WORLD CUP: LAST STOP FOR NEW SIRES
Continued from page 8                                 to Gun Runner’s. The Steve Asmussen-          across the barn aisle from sire Quality
                                                      trained Gun Runner won the 2017 BC Clas-      Road, who also displayed brilliant miler
November.                                             sic at Del Mar, spent about a week at Three   speed during his own racing career. City
  Breeders “want to not just see them in              Chimneys in Kentucky accompanied by a         of Light may be the heir apparent to Qual-
the paddock but critically see them at the            team led by assistant trainer Scott Blasi,    ity Road, who at the relatively young age
farm,” Farish said.                                   and shipped from there to Fair Grounds to     of 12 has already risen to join Kentucky’s
  West Coast, last year’s champion 3-year-            continue training for the Pegasus. In both    elite ranks and is scheduled to stand for
old male, followed this traditional path,             cases, the horses were accompanied by         $150,000 in 2019.
with Lane’s End taking the colt into its care         familiar racetrack personnel, so as not to      City of Light’s fellow newcomers also
the day after he finished seventh in the              further upset their routines.                 represent sirelines that have built Lane’s
Breeders’ Cup Classic on Nov. 3 this year.               “We wanted to do what’s best for the       End. West Coast is by Flatter, a son of
But with fellow newcomers Accelerate and              horse,” Grant Williamson, director of stal-   breed-shaping sire A.P. Indy, who contin-
City of Light, the farm had to take a differ-         lion nominations and sales at Three Chim-     ues to reign at Lane’s End as a beloved
ent approach.                                         neys, said of the approach. “He knows         pensioner. Accelerate is by Lookin At
  Accelerate vanned from Churchill                    those guys, those guys know him very          Lucky, who is among the champions by
Downs to Lane’s End the day after his one-            well. . . . We were making changes anyway,    the late Smart Strike, who stood at this
length victory in the Classic, his fifth Grade        bringing him to the farm. You don’t want to   farm until his death.
1 triumph this season. He spent about                 make too many changes at once.”                 “He’s an interesting horse for us,
a week there for a stallion open house,                  City of Light shipped back to trainer      because obviously Smart Strike meant a
accompanied by groom Alex Escobar,                    Mike McCarthy’s barn at Santa Anita           lot to us here and had a lot to do with build-
before flying back to California to rejoin            in the days following the Breeders’ Cup,      ing our farm,” Farish said of Accelerate.
trainer John Sadler on Nov. 12. Essen-                unable to spend time at the farm, as his      “Having a grandson of his is a big plus
tially, he spent his week off following his           connections considered starting him in the    for us. I think some people might look at
race walking in front of prospective breed-           Cigar Mile on Dec. 1, prior to the Pegasus.   Lookin At Lucky as not being the obvious
ers rather than following his racetrack                  City of Light’s future stall stood empty   sire of sires, but we’re pretty excited about
schedule. He followed a schedule similar              at Lane’s End during its open house –         that sire line.”
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OSCAR PERFORMANCE GOES HOME AGAIN
By Nicole Russo
   Oscar Performance tossed his head
and stepped sideways on the end of the
lead shank, turning a white-rimmed eye
toward the horizon, beyond the rolling
hills surrounding Mill Ridge Farm. Oscar
Performance’s familiar former stall in
trainer Brian Lynch’s barn is less than five
miles away at Keeneland – where Hal Price
Headley, the father of Mill Ridge’s Alice
Chandler, served as the first president.
   But Oscar Performance was actu-
ally standing on familiar ground in that
moment. The son of leading turf sire
Kitten’s Joy was foaled at Mill Ridge on
April 6, 2014, and spent his formative
months there before heading off to train-
ing and the track. The colt is a homebred
for John and Jerry Amerman, who became
associated with Mill Ridge in the mid-1990’s
and have maintained their limited brood-
mare band there since. That band includes
their stakes-winning Theatrical mare
Devine Actress, the dam of multiple Grade
1 winner Oscar Performance and multiple
Grade 3 winner Oscar Nominated.
   “We at Mill Ridge are so appreciative to
Jerry and John Amerman for the oppor-
tunity to stand a stallion with the poten-
tial to contribute to the breed like Oscar
Performance,” Mill Ridge managing part-
ner Headley Bell said. “Since [former Mill
Ridge stallions] Diesis and Gone West, we
have been waiting for the special horse to
carry on from their legacies and believe
Oscar Performance has all the qualities to
do so.”
   Over the summer, Bell said that it only
took about a week to syndicate Oscar
Performance.
   “We syndicated him in seven days on a
basis of $75,000 for the shares,” Bell said.
“We kept the other half, too. Rather than
putting kickers on the deal, we just kept
                                                                                                                                       Emily Shields
the other shares syndicated after he’s
                                                      Oscar Performance will stand at Mill Ridge Farm – where he was foaled in 2014.
finished racing. We got a great syndicate
. . . When you’re [doing business] you’ve
got to think four years down the road.                in the Grade 3 Poker Stakes this past June    able, among other standouts. Gone West
You’re in the moment and then the balloon             at Belmont, sizzling the mile on turf in a    continued to build a legacy to the breed via
goes off and you struggle. So, even in the            course-record 1:31.23. Not only did that      successful sons at stud, including Elusive
syndicate, you got eight seasons in the               break Elusive Quality’s course mark           Quality, Grand Slam, Mr. Greeley, Proud
first four years to make a very attractive            of 1:31.63 established in 1998, it tied the   Citizen, and Speightstown.
deal. Because the bottom line is we want              North American record for a mile on the         However, Mill Ridge had just a one-
to give him a chance to be a stallion, and            turf established by Mandurah in 2010 at       horse roster in 2018. Valuable newcomer
we’re willing to give a little bit up front to        Monmouth Park.                                Oscar Performance joins regally bred
get something in the end.”                              “He is a trainer’s dream,” Lynch said.      Grade 3 winner Keep Up, whose oldest
   Oscar Performance won six graded                   “Lasix-free, speed, stamina, and sound-       foals are 3, in the stallion complex.
stakes, highlighted by a quartet of Grade             ness.”
1 events – the 2016 Breeders’ Cup Juve-                 Mill Ridge previously stood stallions
nile Turf, last year’s Belmont Derby and              such as the late, great Gone West, the
                                                                                                    Fipke homebreds enter market
Secretariat Stakes, and this fall’s Wood-             sire of champion sprinter Speightstown,         Charles Fipke made his fortune as a
bine Mile. His three other graded stakes              Breeders’ Cup winners Da Hoss and Johar,
scores included a virtuoso performance                and Belmont Stakes winner Commend-                                   Continued on page 14
TDN 2018 Leading Dirt Sires of 3YOS

           Multiple Grade 1 winning Millionaire Midnight Bisou winning the Cotillion (G1) over
                             Breeders’ Cup Distaff Champion Monomy Girl

www.hillndalefarms.com

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FIPKE HOMEBREDS ENTER THE MARKET

                                                                                                                                Adam Coglianese/NYRA
The Charles Fipke homebred Bee Jersey wins the Metropolitan Handicap in June. He will stand at Darby Dan Farm in Kentucky.

Continued from page 12                               four of his starts this year, including the     in 1973, it has been won more recently
                                                     Grade 3 Steve Sexton Mile at Lone Star          by prominent sires Tentam (1973), Cox’s
risk-taking geologist whose pursuit of               Park and then the Metropolitan, edging          Ridge (1978), Fappiano (1981), Gulch (1987-
his profession led to the groundbreaking             multiple Grade 1 winner Mind Your               88), Ghostzapper (2005), and Quality Road
discovery of diamond mines in Canada.                Biscuits. He posted a Beyer Speed Figure        (2010).
Fipke has been similarly bold in his                 of 109. That turned out to be the final start     “The Met Mile is one of the most storied
pursuit of Thoroughbred gems. In recent              of his career, as he was retired later in the   stallion-making races in our sport,”
years, he has campaigned a homebred                  year with a tendon injury.                      said Ned Toffey, Spendthrift’s general
Eclipse Award champion in Forever                       “Bee Jersey was one of the fastest horses    manager.
Unbridled; seen her dam, Lemons Forever,             of the year, evidenced by the Beyer Speed         Darby Dan has long partnered with
honored as Broodmare of the Year; devel-             Figures he ran,” said Ryan Norton, stal-        Fipke, and Bee Jersey will join his home-
oped a number of his homebred runners                lion director at Darby Dan. “He possessed       bred stallions Perfect Soul and Tale of
into consistent sires; and has seen two              raw speed, was an excellent miler, and          Ekati at the farm. Jersey Town, whose
runners by those sires hit the board in              put together tremendous back-to-back            biggest win for Fipke came in the Grade
American classic events at long prices.              winning performances in the Steve Sexton        1 Cigar Mile in 2010, also began his stud
  This year, Fipke continues to develop              Mile and the Metropolitan Handicap.”            career there before moving to Road’s End
his program with two homebred stallion                  Bee Jersey is one of two Met Mile            Farm in British Columbia for the 2018
prospects headed to stud in Kentucky.                winners entering stud this year, along          season. With the success of Bee Jersey,
Bee Jersey, winner of the stallion-making            with impressive 2017 victor Mor Spirit at       from his first crop, the stallion will relo-
Metropolitan Handicap, will stand at                 Spendthrift Farm. The race has been won         cate to Daehling Ranch Thoroughbreds,
Darby Dan Farm in Lexington, while                   throughout its 125-year history by promi-       near Elk Grove, Calif., for 2019.
classic-placed Tale of Verve will begin his          nent stallions such as Tom Fool (1953),           Tale of Verve, a son of Tale of Ekati, is
second career at Fipke’s own C.F. Farms              Native Dancer (1954), and Buckpasser            out of the Unbridled mare Verve, with
near Paris.                                          (1967). A Grade 1 race since the North          whom Fipke has had success. She also is
  Bee Jersey, by Jersey Town, won all                American graded stakes system began             the dam of Grade 3 winner Verve’s Tale
DRF.COM/BREEDING    DAILY RACING FORM   Saturday, December 8, 2018   PAGE 15

and stakes-placed Perfect Soul. Tale of          annual breeding rights to Curlin in May          talented, and by Curlin, breeders will love
Verve, a winner who earned more than             2015 for a total sum of about $6.2 million.      him.”
$500,000 on the track, finished second to        The interest was offered at auction as part         Good Magic won his maiden in his third
subsequent Triple Crown winner Ameri-            of the asset liquidation of former owners        start, the 2017 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile
can Pharoah in the 2015 Preakness Stakes,        Shirley Cunningham Jr. and William               at Del Mar, and was subsequently voted
beaten seven lengths at 28-1.                    Gallion’s Midnight Cry Stables. Stone-           champion 2-year-old male.
                                                 street Stables owns the majority interest           This year, Good Magic won the Blue
                                                 in Curlin.                                       Grass Stakes in his second start of the
Familiar team behind Good Magic                    Hill ‘n’ Dale also stands rising young         season, then caught sloppy tracks in the
  Classic-placed champion Good Magic             Stonestreet stallion Kantharos, the sire         first two legs of the Triple Crown. He was
will enter stud at Hill ‘n’ Dale Farm along-     of graded stakes winners Bucchero, Mr.           a hard-fought second to Justify in the
side his sire, Curlin, and several other         Jordan, and X Y Jet. Kantharos relocated         Kentucky Derby and fourth in the Preak-
former Stonestreet Farm colorbearers.            to Kentucky for the 2017 season after            ness Stakes after dueling with the even-
  Good Magic, who was bred by Stone-             beginning his career in Florida. Former          tual Triple Crown winner through the
street, was sold by Hill ‘n’ Dale on behalf of   Stonestreet colorbearers Atreides, a             early stages.
his breeder at the 2016 Keeneland Septem-        current freshman sire, and Maclean’s                He rebounded to win the Haskell Invita-
ber yearling sale, where e Five Racing           Music, represented by Preakness Stakes           tional by three lengths, but then finished
went to $1 million to acquire him. Stone-        winner Cloud Computing from his first            a dull ninth as the favorite in the Travers
street later bought back in, and the two         crop, have stood at Hill ‘n’ Dale since          Stakes on Aug. 25 in what turned out to be
entities raced him in partnership to three       launching their careers.                         his final start. Blood tests taken follow-
graded stakes victories from nine starts           “Good Magic is a fantastic addition to         ing the race revealed that the colt had an
and earnings of more than $2.9 million.          our stallion roster,” Hill ‘n’ Dale’s John       elevated white blood cell count, and his
  Curlin, a two-time Horse of the Year           Sikura said in a press release. “It is rare      connections responded with plans for a
for Stonestreet and partners, has been           indeed for a champion 2-year-old to retain       full veterinary examination in Kentucky
represented by a classic winner or clas-         his Grade 1 form at 3, which was witnessed       and time off at Stonestreet. In September,
sic-placed runner from each of his first         by Good Magic’s narrow defeat by super           his connections announced the cham-
six crops. The Smart Strike horse has            horse Justify in the Kentucky Derby. We          pion was done for the year, and they later
stood at Hill ‘n’ Dale since the 2016 season     sold Good Magic . . . as a yearling, and         elected to retire him.
after originally standing at Lane’s End.         he was a beautiful horse. I remember                Hill ‘n’ Dale will bring in another
The move was made after Hill ‘n’ Dale            him as medium-sized, a great mover, and
purchased a 20 percent interest and four         completely correct. Valiant, supremely                                       Continued on page 16
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FAMILIAR TEAM BEHIND GOOD MAGIC

                                                                                                                     Barbara D. Livingston / Ronnie Betor
Three Chimneys Farm adds a pair of Grade 1 winners to its stallion lineup for 2018 – Sharp Azteca (left) and Funtastic.

Continued from page 15                               announced.                                    Farm in Virginia when the late owner-
                                                                                                   breeder campaigned Grade 2 winner
newcomer for 2019 in the unbeaten but                                                              Quiet Giant, a daughter of his outstanding
lightly raced Grade 1 winner Army Mule.
                                                     Evans’s legacy carries on                     Quiet Dance, who had already produced
   The Pennsylvania-bred son of success-                Three Chimneys Farm has an estab-          Saint Liam and several other graded
ful young Maryland sire Friesan Fire won             lished history with the stellar female        stakes performers. Benjamin Leon’s
his career debut by 8 1/2 lengths in April           family responsible for 2005 Horse of the      Besilu Stables bought Quiet Dance for
2017 at Belmont Park, but then a knee                Year Saint Liam and 2017 Horse of the         $800,000 and Quiet Giant for $3 million at
issue kept him away from the races until             Year Gun Runner. The farm has contin-         the Evans’s estate dispersal in 2011. Baker,
January 2018, when he won an optional-               ued to reinvest in that family, developed     who became part of Besilu’s advisory
claiming event at Gulfstream by 7 1/2                by the late Edward P. Evans, as it expands    team, advised on Quiet Giant’s mating to
lengths. Off that, he stepped up to Grade 1          its stallion roster. This year, Three Chim-   Candy Ride that eventually produced Gun
company in the Carter Handicap in April,             neys adds a pair of Grade 1 winners in        Runner.
winning by 6 1/4 lengths over Awesome                Funtastic, a half-brother to Saint Liam,        Majority ownership in Three Chim-
Slew. He posted a Beyer Speed Figure of              and Sharp Azteca, out of a daughter of the    neys was later sold to prominent Brazil-
114 for the seven-furlong race.                      champion.                                     ian horseman Goncalo Borges Torrealba
   Army Mule was being pointed to the                   “Ned Evans was an artist at breed-         and his family, with Baker becoming the
Grade 1 Metropolitan Handicap in June                ing Grade 1 winners and developing            chief operating officer. Three Chimneys
at Belmont, but another issue developed              female families,” said Three Chimneys         bought into Besilu’s bloodstock, includ-
and he was ultimately sent for a break on            chief operating officer Chris Baker, who      ing the yearling Gun Runner. Winchell
a farm in Ocala. He returned to the work             worked for Evans. “This family was his        Thoroughbreds later bought into the colt
tab on Sept. 1 at Saratoga and logged four           masterpiece.”                                 and campaigned him in partnership with
breezes there before his retirement was                 Baker managed Evans’s Spring Hill          Three Chimneys. Gun Runner won 12 of
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19 starts for earnings of more than $15.9      of the Year Havre de Grace, one of only a        prospect,” Torrealba said. “We believe
million, with six Grade 1 victories includ-    handful of mares to earn that title, in his      that Sharp Azteca can be another offshoot
ing the Breeders’ Cup Classic and Pegasus      only crop, there is clearly a concentration      branch of the Storm Cat line through
World Cup. He entered stud this year at        of dominant traits that pervades multiple        Giant Causeway’s full brother Freud,
Three Chimneys.                                generations of this important pedigree.”         similar to what Harlan, Harlan’s Holiday,
  “I am a big believer in top families, and       Saint Liam also made the most of limited      and Into Mischief did.”
with two Horses of the Year in his first two   opportunities as a broodmare sire, with
dams, one could make a case that there is      his daughters producing Grade 1 winner
no more active or relevant pedigree in the     Sharp Azteca, Grade 2 winner Ahh Choco-
                                                                                                Bolt d’Oro a throwback for Spendthrift
stud book today than that of Gun Runner,”      late, and Group 3 winner California One.            Spendthrift Farm struck early to secure
Torrealba said.                                   Sharp Azteca, by leading New York             Bolt d’Oro for its stallion roster, complet-
  Meanwhile, Funtastic, by More Than           sire Freud, won 8 of 17 career starts and        ing a deal for his breeding rights in the fall
Ready and out of Quiet Dance, was racing       earned more than $2.4 million. Highlights        of his 2-year-old season, but its relation-
in the colors of Three Chimneys, for which     of his career include winning the Grade          ship with the multiple Grade 1 winner goes
he was minor stakes-placed last year. The      1 Cigar Mile by 5 1/4 lengths over Mind          back much further than that. Bolt d’Oro’s
colt stepped up into Grade 1 company this      Your Biscuits last December at Aqueduct,         10th dam is Hall of Fame filly Myrtlewood,
summer to win the United Nations Stakes        establishing a track record in last year’s       a foundation mare for Spendthrift.
on the Monmouth turf.                          Grade 3 Monmouth Cup, and posting addi-             “Much of the breeding success of Spend-
  Saint Liam only stood one season at          tional graded stakes victories in the Grade      thrift Farm can be credited to Myrtlewood
stud before he broke his leg rearing while     2 Kelso Handicap in 2017 and the Grade 3         and her daughters,” Brownell Combs,
being led to his paddock at Lane’s End         Pat Day Mile in 2016. He finished second         who bred and raced Myrtlewood, said
Farm. The injury proved fatal. His lone        by a half-length to Battle of Midway in          in “Great Breeders and Their Methods:
crop of 98 foals included 10 stakes winners    the 2017 Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile, second         Leslie Combs II and Spendthrift Farm,”
and another eight stakes-placed runners,       to Mor Spirit in the Grade 1 Metropolitan        by Mary Marshall. “We had Myrtlewood
led by 2011 Horse of the Year Havre de         Handicap earlier that year, and second by        daughters everywhere. Even if they
Grace and graded stakes winners Buddy’s        a half-length to Mind Your Biscuits in the       couldn’t run, you could guarantee that
Saint, Liam’s Dream, and Upgrade.              Grade 1 Malibu Stakes in 2016.                   they would throw something that could.
  “At the end of the day, it’s about breed-       “Sharp Azteca was brilliantly fast, and       They were great broodmares and the
ing Saturday afternoon racehorses,”            when you watch his races, you will see           absolute essence of our breeding program.
Torrealba said. “If you consider that          speed, toughness, and tenacity, all three
Horse of the Year Saint Liam sired Horse       of which are elements we like in a stallion                                  Continued on page 18
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BOLT D’ORO A THROWBACK FOR SPENDTHRIFT

                                                                                                                               Barbara D. Livingston
Bolt d’Oro’s family goes way back at Spendthrift Farm, where he will stand next year. His 10th dam is Hall of Famer Myrtlewood,
a Spendthrift foundation mare.

Continued from page 17                               sires, ensuring her influence would live       creative breeding incentive programs and
                                                     on. Through her first foal, Crepe Myrtle,      regional outreach. Spendthrift programs
The Myrtlewood daughters were like gold              Myrtlewood was the fifth dam of 1977           include Share the Upside, which ulti-
– everybody wanted one.”                             Triple Crown winner Seattle Slew, whose        mately results in a lifetime breeding right
   Myrtlewood, who set or equaled multi-             champions included 1992 Horse of the           for those who support a young stallion
ple track records and was honored as                 Year A.P. Indy, who went on to become an       early, and Breed Secure, which delays
both the champion sprinter and cham-                 influential stallion, with offshoots includ-   stud-fee payment until and only if the
pion older female of 1936, produced 1942             ing record-setting grandson Tapit. Miss        resulting foal is sold at a profit.
Kentucky Oaks winner Miss Dogwood                    Dogwood was the great-granddam of Mr.            Bolt d’Oro last started when finish-
and champion Durazna. Her daughters                  Prospector, multiple times a leading sire      ing 11th in the Metropolitan Handicap in
and granddaughters continued to produce              and broodmare sire.                            June for owner and trainer Mick Ruis.
top-quality runners, with the female                   That family history bodes well for Bolt      He subsequently was moved to trainer
family responsible for 1971 Kentucky                 d’Oro, who traces to Myrtlewood through        Steve Asmussen and freshened, with a
Oaks winner Silent Beauty, Canadian                  Durazna’s descendants. The son of Meda-        long-range goal of starting in the Grade 1
Horse of the Year Chief Bearhart, and                glia d’Oro joins 2017 Preakness Stakes         Clark Handicap in November at Churchill
champions Myrtle Charm, Typecast, and                winner Cloud Computing and fellow              Downs as a possible career finale. Bolt
Tudor Queen.                                         Grade 1-winning newcomers Free Drop            d’Oro had been working steadily at
   Myrtlewood’s female descendants also              Billy and Mor Spirit at Spendthrift, which     Churchill, but emerged from his final
were responsible for a number of leading             popularizes its young stallions through        published work, on Oct. 17, slightly sore,
DRF.COM/BREEDING     DAILY RACING FORM   Saturday, December 8, 2018   PAGE 19

and the decision was made to retire him         standing – Triple Crown winner Justify,               The Unbridled line has been respon-
to Spendthrift.                                 whom it co-campaigned and who will begin           sible, in recent years, for the likes of
  “He’s settling in really well,” Spend-        his career at Coolmore’s Ashford Stud.             Triple Crown winner American Pharoah
thrift general manager Ned Toffey said.           But WinStar will have two incoming               and champions Arrogate and Will Take
“We gave him about a week on the farm to        stallions, by current or former WinStar            Charge. American Pharoah is by WinStar
settle in and acclimate before we started       sires, from lines it has long invested in.         stallion Pioneerof the Nile. Pioneerof the
showing him, but he’s such a good-minded        Kentucky Derby winner Always Dream-                Nile leads the WinStar stud roster with an
horse. I think the first time we laid eyes on   ing, from the first crop of Bodemeister,           advertised fee of $110,000. Like Bodemeis-
him, we could appreciate that about him . . .   and the versatile Grade 2 winner Good              ter, Pioneerof the Nile is by Unbridled’s
He’s a really intelligent horse, and I think    Samaritan, by the late Harlan’s Holiday,           son Empire Maker.
that was something that was a good part         both begin their new careers in 2019.                 Good Samaritan won Grade 2 races at
of his success and is helping him settle in       Always Dreaming won the 2017 Florida             ages 2, 3, and 4. The millionaire captured
really well.”                                   Derby in his fifth start, completing the           the Summer Stakes on turf at Woodbine as
  Bolt d’Oro won the first three starts         1 1/8 miles in 1:47.47, the fastest time in        a juvenile and later in his career success-
of his career, including the Grade 1 Del        that race since Alydar won it in 1978. He          fully ran on dirt, taking the Jim Dandy
Mar Futurity and Grade 1 FrontRunner            subsequently won the Kentucky Derby by             in his debut on the surface and the New
Stakes, before finishing third in the Breed-    2 3/4 lengths on a sealed track. It turned         Orleans Handicap in his 2018 debut.
ers’ Cup Juvenile at Del Mar. He returned       out to be the final victory of his career, in         “He is the last great son of Harlan’s
to win the Grade 2 San Felipe Stakes            which he made five more starts.                    Holiday, one of the most dominant Ameri-
via the disqualification of McKinzie in           “He was brilliantly fast, and he has             can sire lines we have currently, and he
March, then finished second to eventual         everything you want in a stallion – looks,         was ultra-consistent,” said Sean Tugel,
Triple Crown winner Justify in the Grade        pedigree, and performance,” Elliott                WinStar’s director of bloodstock services
1 Santa Anita Derby. He was 12th on the         Walden, president, CEO, and racing                 and assistant racing manager. “In this
sloppy track in the Kentucky Derby before       manager of WinStar Farm, said. “We                 day and age of retiring horses with limited
starting in the Met Mile five weeks later.      dream about the Kentucky Derby every               starts, he started 15 times over three
                                                day, but the race I really liked was the           years, including 14 straight graded stakes
                                                Florida Derby. When I saw the teletimer,           contests.”
WinStar newcomers                               I was amazed. We are excited to add a                 Good Samaritan, who was bred by
  As new stallions have been announced          potentially breed-shaping stallion from            WinStar and raced for the farm in part-
through the fall, much of the attention has     the Unbridled line, which has proven to be         nership, is from the family of successful
focused on the horse WinStar Farm isn’t         today’s preeminent classic sire line.”             stallions Bernstein and Sky Mesa.
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FIRST-YEAR SIRES AT STUD IN 2019
CALIFORNIA                                                                                    MARYLAND
STALLION             YOB     SIRE                 2019 LOCATION               2019 STUD FEE   STALLION             YOB    SIRE               2019 LOCATION                 2019 STUD FEE
Conquest Farenheit   2014    Scat Daddy           Ballena Vista Farm                 $3,000 Irish War Cry          2014   Curlin             Northview Stallion Station               6,500
Danzig Democracy     2008    Madraar              Stroud Show Horses                  1,000 Long River             2010   A.P. Indy          Anchor & Hope Farm                       5,000
Dosificado (Chi)     2012    Scat Daddy           Milky Way Farm                     Private
I’m Lock N Load      2011    War Front            Blue Diamond Horseshoe              2,500 NEW MEXICO
Osiris of the Nile   2014    Pioneerof the Nile   Blue Diamond Horseshoe              2,000 STALLION               YOB    SIRE               2019 LOCATION                 2019 STUD FEE
Point Piper          2010    Giant’s Causeway     Willow Tree Farm                      TBA
                                                                                             Toews On Ice          2013   Archarcharch       Stretchrun Thoroughbreds                Private
Prospect Park        2012    Tapit                Harris Farms                        2,500
                                                                                             Town Extension        2010   Speightstown       Stretchrun Thoroughbreds                Private
Richmond Street      2013    Street Cry           Milky Way Farm                     Private
Smokem               2015    Union Rags           Lovacres Ranch                      5,000 NEW YORK
                                                                                              STALLION             YOB    SIRE               2019 LOCATION                 2019 STUD FEE
FLORIDA
                                                                                              Destin               2013   Giant’s Causeway   Sequel Stallions New York                6,500
STALLION             YOB     SIRE                 2019 LOCATION               2019 STUD FEE
                                                                                              Frank Conversation   2013   Quality Road       Rockridge Stud                           5,000
Ami’s Flatter        2012    Flatter              Ocala Stud                          3,500
                                                                                              Green Gratto         2010   Here’s Zealous     Total Bloodstock Farm                    2,000
Awesome Slew         2013    Awesome Again        Ocala Stud                          5,000
                                                                                              The Lieutenant       2013   Street Sense       Sequel Stallions New York                6,500
Bucchero             2012    Kantharos            Pleasant Acres Stallions            5,000
Girvin               2014    Tale of Ekati        Ocala Stud                          7,500   Weekend Hideaway 2010       Speightstown       Irish Hill & Dutchess Views Stallions    2,500
Long On Value        2011    Value Plus           Pleasant Acres Stallions            2,500
                                                                                              PENNSYLVANIA
Wait                 2014    Distorted Humor Arindel Farm                             2,500
                                                                                              STALLION             YOB    SIRE               2019 LOCATION                 2019 STUD FEE
INDIANA                                                                                       Dolphus              2013   Lookin At Lucky    Cabin Creek Farm                         2,500
STALLION             YOB     SIRE                 2019 LOCATION               2019 STUD FEE   Eastwood             2010   Speightstown       Diamond B Farm                           2,500
Forever d’Oro        2013    Medaglia d’Oro       Hidden Springs Farm                 2,000 Hoppertunity           2011   Any Given Saturday Northview PA                             5,000
Neck ‘n Neck         2009    Flower Alley         Breakway Farm                       2,000
One Mean Man         2013    Mizzen Mast          Swifty Farms                        1,000 TEXAS
                                                                                              STALLION             YOB    SIRE               2019 LOCATION                 2019 STUD FEE
Tiz Sardonic Joe     2009    Tiznow               R Star Stallions                     TBA
                                                                                              Eagle                2012   Candy Ride         Valor Farm                               5,000
IOWA                                                                                          Madd Exchange        2011   Exchange Rate      Whitley Ranch And Racing                 1,000
STALLION             YOB     SIRE                 2019 LOCATION               2019 STUD FEE
C’Mon Boys           2012    Dubawi               P&S Thoroughbreds                    TBA ALBERTA
                                                                                              STALLION             YOB    SIRE               2019 LOCATION                 2019 STUD FEE
KENTUCKY                                                                                      Firespike            2012   Flower Alley       C&C Performance Horses                   1,400
STALLION             YOB     SIRE                 2019 LOCATION               2019 STUD FEE
Accelerate           2013    Lookin At Lucky      Lane’s End                         20,000 BRITISH COLUMBIA
Always Dreaming      2014    Bodemeister          WinStar Farm                       25,000 STALLION          YOB         SIRE               2019 LOCATION                 2019 STUD FEE
Army Mule            2014    Friesan Fire         Hill ‘n’ Dale Farms                10,000 Ralis             2013        Square Eddie       Canmor Farms                             1,500
Bee Jersey           2014    Jersey Town          Darby Dan Farm                      5,000
Bolt d’Oro           2015    Medaglia d’Oro       Spendthrift Farm                   25,000 ONTARIO
City of Light        2014    Quality Road         Lane’s End                         35,000 STALLION          YOB         SIRE               2019 LOCATION                 2019 STUD FEE
Cloud Computing      2014    Maclean’s Music      Spendthrift Farm                    7,500 Danish Dynaformer 2012        Dynaformer         Colebrook Farms                          1,900
Collected            2013    City Zip             Airdrie Stud                       17,500 Noholdingbackbear 2013        Put It Back        Colebrook Farms                          1,500
Free Drop Billy      2015    Union Rags           Spendthrift Farm                   10,000
                                                                                             Seattle Serenade 2012        Smart Strike       Winview Farm                            Private
Funtastic            2014    More Than Ready      Three Chimneys                      7,500
Good Magic           2015    Curlin               Hill ‘n’ Dale Farms                35,000
Good Samaritan       2014    Harlan’s Holiday     WinStar Farm                       12,500
Justify              2015    Scat Daddy           Ashford Stud                      150,000
McCraken             2014    Ghostzapper          Airdrie Stud                       10,000
Mendelssohn          2015    Scat Daddy           Ashford Stud                       35,000
Mo Town              2014    Uncle Mo             Ashford Stud                       12,500
Mor Spirit           2013    Eskendereya          Spendthrift Farm                   10,000
Oscar Performance    2014    Kitten’s Joy         Mill Ridge Farm                    20,000
Ransom the Moon      2012    Malibu Moon          Calumet Farm                        7,500
Sharp Azteca         2013    Freud                Three Chimneys Farm                10,000
Tale of Verve        2012    Tale of Ekati        C.F. Farms                          2,000
Tapwrit              2014    Tapit                Gainesway                          12,500
West Coast           2014    Flatter              Lane’s End                         35,000

LOUSIANA
STALLION             YOB     SIRE                 2019 LOCATION               2019 STUD FEE
Clearly Now          2010    Horse Greeley        Clear Creek Stud                    2,500
Mobile Bay           2012    Lone Star Special Whispering Oaks Thoroughbred Farm       Free
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PLENTY OF NEW SIRES TO GO AROUND
By Mark Simon
  While Kentucky sires cover more mares
annually than all other state programs
combined, regional breeders rely on
in-state sires for their mares and to also
take advantage of state breeding incentive
programs. A total of 228 stallions stood in
Kentucky during the 2018 breeding season
– and 986 stood in North America outside
Kentucky during the season.
  In 2019, there are 61 new stallions
reported to be standing in North America,
and two-thirds of those will be outside of
Kentucky. Here’s a look at some of the new
stallions by state.

California
  California has the second most stallions
at stud behind Kentucky, and nine new
stallions have been reported to be stand-
ing in the state in 2019. The highest fee for
newcomers belongs to Smokem, at $5,000.
The son of the hot young sire Union Rags
will stand at Lovacres Ranch in Warner
Springs, also home to Stay Thirsty.
Smokem, out of the Smoke Glacken mare
One Smokin’ Lady, was bred in California
by Lovacres and raced by a partnership
that included his breeder. Smokem raced
only at 2. He won a maiden race at Del
Mar in the first of his five starts and was
then second in the other four, all in stakes,
including three at Del Mar.

Florida
  The Sunshine State has historically had
the second best stallion roster in the coun-
try behind Kentucky and has produced
numerous top sires over the years. In
2019, state sire Girvin will have the high-
est first-year stud fee outside of Kentucky,
                                                                                                                                 Barbara D. Livingston
at $7,500. The son of Tale of Ekati is one of
three newcomers who will stand at Ocala               Girvin will begin his career as a stallion for a $7,500 fee at Ocala Stud in Florida.
Stud, being accompanied by Ami’s Flatter
($3,500) and Awesome Slew ($5,000). Ocala             Grade 3 stakes while racing for four years      The Graham Motion-trained Irish War
Stud will have 14 stallions for the 2019              and earning $1,223,310. He was second in        Cry was one of the favorites for the 2017
breeding season.                                      two Grade 1 sprints and third in the 2017       Kentucky Derby after winning the Grade
  Girvin, out of the Malibu Moon mare                 Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile while trained by        2 Wood Memorial, but he failed to handle
Catch the Moon, was one of the better                 Mark Casse. Out of the stakes-winning           the slick surface at Churchill, though he
3-year-olds of 2017, when he won 3 of 8               Seeking the Gold mare Slewfoundmoney,           rebounded to finish second in the Belmont
starts, including the Grade 1 Haskell                 Awesome Slew is a half-brother to a stakes      Stakes. At 4, the son of Curlin won the
Invitational Stakes over McCraken and                 winner, and his second dam is the Grade         Grade 3 Pimlico Special and retired with
Practical Joke. Trained by Joe Sharp and              2-winning Seattle Slew mare Borodislew,         earnings of $1,257,060.
campaigned by Brad Grady, Girvin won                  dam of three stakes winners.                       Irish War Cry will be one of seven stal-
both the Grade 2 Louisiana Derby and                                                                  lions on the 2019 roster at Northview, the
Grade 2 Risen Star while winning 4 of 10                                                              longtime home of Maryland’s dominant
career starts and earning $1,624,392. He is
                                                      Maryland                                        sire, the late Not For Love.
a half-brother to Grade 3 winner Cocked                 Isabelle de Tomaso’s homebred stakes             “I believe he’s the most exciting stal-
and Loaded.                                           winner Irish War Cry will stand his first       lion prospect to be retired to Maryland
  Awesome Slew, a Live Oak Florida                    season at stud at Northview Stallion
homebred by Awesome Again, won three                  Station in Warwick, Md., for a fee of $6,500.                          Continued on page 26
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Continued from page 24                                through her early connection to Creative        he’s a good racehorse [when he finished
                                                      Cause.                                          in front of a number of Grade 1 winners
in years,” said David Wade, Northview’s                  “Creative Cause was one of my pinhook-       when runner-up to Diversify].”
general manager. “The only son of Curlin              ing horses, so I have a very strong connec-        Thomas hopes The Lieutenant will help
in the region, he won over $1.2 million,              tion to the family,” Thomas said.               the farm duplicate its success with Freud.
and Graham Motion said he was the most                   Thomas pointed out that the Sequel stal-        “I’m a big believer in pedigree. I love
talented horse he’s trained since Animal              lion Freud, the perennial leading sire in       that his dam is young and that Coolmore
Kingdom.                                              New York, is a full brother to Destin’s sire,   is putting a lot into Justify.
   “He’s a horse that we’ve been watch-               Giant’s Causeway.                                  “I feel we’re in the same situation [with
ing for quite some time during his racing                “I love Giant’s Causeway,” Thomas said.      The Lieutenant] we were with Giant’s
career, and we were thrilled at the oppor-            “I loved Creative Cause. I thought he was       Causeway [when we got his brother Freud
tunity to keep him in Maryland. He was                a brilliant 2-year-old.”                        to stand at Sequel]. We feel like we’re
slated to stand stud at Hill ‘n’ Dale Farm               A motivating factor in getting Destin to     following the leader.”
in Kentucky, but became available for us              New York was the ownership of the horse.
to purchase when they acquired breeding               When the horse was being retired to stud,
rights to another son of Curlin, the 2-year-          it was announced major Kentucky stallion
                                                                                                      Pennsylvania
old champion Good Magic.                              operation Gainesway Farm was buying an             The first-year sire of 2019 with the
   “We really couldn’t ask for a better               interest in Destin.                             highest career earnings to stand in
reception from the region’s breeders. We                 “The ownership group is phenomenal,”         North America will be the hard-trying,
offered a limited number of lifetime breed-           she said. “I have had Mission Impazible         consistent Hoppertunity, who earned
ing rights, which sold out very quickly.              for Twin Creeks for several years now,          $4,712,625. The son of Any Given Saturday
   “We’re pleased to offer him at a price             and everything imaginable they could            was trained by Bob Baffert, and racing 34
point that should be affordable for all               have turned up support for him as a stal-       times from ages 3 through 7, compiled a
breeders, and I have no reason to believe             lion they have done.                            record of 9 wins, 8 seconds, and 5 thirds.
he won’t be Maryland’s most popular stal-                “We’re very excited about our part-          He won eight stakes races, including the
lion this season.”                                    nership with Gainesway, as well as with         Grade 1 Jockey Club Gold Cup and Grade
   Irish War Cry is out of the Polish                 Eclipse Thoroughbreds.”                         1 Clark Handicap, and was second or
Numbers mare Irish Sovereign, dam of                     What attracted Thomas to Destin as           third in 12 other stakes, including the
Grade 3 winner Irish Strait.                          a stallion prospect was his package of          Dubai World Cup. He recorded a triple-
                                                      pedigree, race record, and ability to get a     digit Beyer 15 times.
                                                      distance of ground.                                “Hoppertunity is a throwback to what
New York                                                 “New York is often scrutinized for           racehorses used to be – athletic, sound,
   Two of the best-bred newly retired                 the lack of superior stallions availabil-       consistent, can carry his speed over a
horses to go to stud are Destin and The               ity,” Thomas said. “This horse works in         distance,” said David Wade, Northview
Lieutenant, both going to Sequel Stallions            Kentucky. His pedigree works in New York        Pennsylvania’s general manager. “He
New York in Hudson, with each standing                because he’s at the top of the food chain in    won or placed in 19 graded stakes and
for a fee of $6,500.                                  New York for providing a horse that was         didn’t duck anyone, yet he’s as clean
   Destin, a son of Giant’s Causeway out              Grade 1 placed, a track-record setter, and      legged as any horse you’ll find.
of the Grade 1-winning Siberian Summer                a Grade 2 winner. For me, personally, I            “We’re in a period where horses with
mare Dream of Summer, is a full brother               breed all day long to sires that are a two-     fashionable pedigrees accomplish some-
to Grade 1-winning millionaire Creative               turn stamina line. We all want to breed to      thing on the racetrack and get retired.
Cause, who is off to a good start at stud             classic-line horses, which this horse was,      Breeders are being attracted to Hopper-
at Airdrie Stud in Kentucky, where he                 being narrowly defeated in the Belmont.         tunity because of his soundness and
stands $20,000, and to the Grade 3 winner                “For our stallion roster to continue to      longevity. It means something when you
Vexatious.                                            attract not just New York state breed-          can dance every dance at the highest
   The Lieutenant, a son of Street Sense              ers but out-of-state breeders, we need to       level for several years, and that is some-
out of the Ghostzapper mare Stage Magic,              keep looking at what our stallion roster is     thing that has been missing from the
is a half-brother to Triple Crown winner              and what we can provide each individual         breed for quite a while. It was a bit of a
Justify. The Lieutenant elevated his game             breeder. As Freud gets older, I’d like to       no-brainer to go after him and bring him
this year at age 5 by winning the Grade               think that perhaps Destin can come in and       to Pennsylvania.
3 All American Stakes at Golden Gate                  fill that sire line that we’ve so dominated        “Hoppertunity is very attractively
as well as running second in the Grade                New York with.”                                 priced at $5,000 live foal and crosses well
2 Suburban and Santana Mile and third                    As for The Lieutenant, Thomas said           with most every sire line. He’s garnering
in the Grade 2 Californian. He earned                 getting him to stud at Sequel was an easy       a lot of attention, and rightfully so.”
$345,882 from four wins in 15 career starts           decision.                                          Hoppertunity’s sire, Any Given Satur-
while trained by Mike McCarthy.                          “What attracted me to him? Let me            day, stood for a year in Pennsylvania
   Destin, raced by Twin Creeks Racing                see,” she laughed. “He’s a half-brother to      before being exported to Korea. His
Stables and Eclipse Thoroughbreds,                    a Triple Crown winner. He’s by a leading        female family is strong. His dam, the
won the Grade 2 Tampa Bay Derby while                 sire who’s having a phenomenal year this        Unaccounted For mare Refugee, produced
setting a track record and won two other              year. I’m a huge Street Sense fan.              Grade 1 Del Mar Debutante winner and
graded races. He was a close second to                   “He was very, very talented, and he had      Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies runner-
Creator in the 2016 Belmont Stakes.                   an injury, so he didn’t run as much as we       up Executiveprivilege, and his third dam
   Becky Thomas, owner of Sequel, said                would have liked for him to, but his race       is Davona Dale, a homebred champion
she has long been a fan of Destin, notably            in the Suburban legitimized the fact that       raced by Calumet Farm.
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