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SATURDAY, DECEMBER 8, 2018 2019 NEW STALLIONS TRIPLE CROWN WINNER JUSTIFY BEGINS SECOND CAREER PEGASUS WORLD CUP ADDS TO CHALLENGE FOR FARMS CLOSER LOOK AT FIRST-YEAR DOMESTIC, INTERNATIONAL SIRES JUSTIFY Photo by Barbara D. Livingston
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DRF.COM/BREEDING DAILY RACING FORM Saturday, December 8, 2018 PAGE 3 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
PAGE 4 Saturday, December 8, 2018 DAILY RACING FORM DRF.COM/BREEDING 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, email@example.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, firstname.lastname@example.org stock has only continued its after becoming the 13th Triple Crown winner. DRF Breeding-Director of Sales & Sponsorship ascent posthumously. Scat Mike Jamison, email@example.com Daddy’s daughter Lady Aure- Vice President / Advertising Sales lia was honored as a European SCAT DADDY’S LEGACY Main office: champion in 2016, as she won SONS AT STUD IN 2019 IN THE UNITED STATES 708 Third Avenue, 12th Floor at the Royal Ascot meeting for New York, NY 10017 the first of two consecutive Almasty - Pin Oak Lane, Pennsylvania For circulation inquiries: seasons. Another well-traveled Conquest Fahrenheit - Ballena Vista Farm, California* 917-214-5280 daughter of the stallion, Chil- For production Daddy Long Legs - Taylor Made Farm, Kentucky# or past performance inquiries: ean champion Dacita, shipped Daddy Nose Best - BG Thoroughbreds, California 212-366-7678 to the United States and became a multiple Grade 1 winner. 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Caravaggio - Coolmore Stud, Ireland The Thoroughbred Industry’s “If there was ever a criticism of Scat Daddy, it was that up until El Kabeir - Yeomanstown Stud, Ireland Official Source for Racing Information www.equibase.com the last couple of years people No Nay Never - Coolmore Stud, Ireland 821 Corporate Drive Lexington, KY 40503-2794 “Information pertaining to pedigrees and production had considered him primarily Seabhac – Haras de Saint-Arnoult, France* records of North American horses contained herein a turf sire due to his success ©The Jockey Club (2018). All rights reserved. No with No Nay Never, Lady Aure- Seahenge – Haras de la Haie Neuve, France* part of this work covered by this copyright may be reproduced in any form or by any means without lia, Caravaggio,” Wallace said. Sioux Nation - Coolmore Stud, Ireland* written permission of The Jockey Club.” Breeding “But horses like Justify and and sales information provided by The Jockey Club Smooth Daddy – Compass Stallions, Ireland* Information Services. Mendelssohn have proven just how versatile he was. We antici- * = new for 2019 Data provided or compiled by or for Daily Racing Form LLC, Equibase Company LLC, and The pate Justify to be as versatile as # = first U.S. season Jockey Club Information generally are accurate his father and will support him but occasionally errors and omissions occur as a result of incorrect data received from others, heavily with around 40 to 50 of mistakes in processing and other causes. Daily our own mares. We view him as already showing promise as a No Nay Never – who won the Racing Form LLC, Equibase Company LLC, and The Jockey Club Information Systems disclaim an ideal match for Galileo and sire of sires. From his handful Group 1 Prix Morny in France responsibility for the consequences, if any, of such Danzig-line mares.” of stallions with their first juve- and Group 2 Norfolk at Royal errors, but would appreciate their being called to 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
PAGE 6 Saturday, December 8, 2018 DAILY RACING FORM DRF.COM/BREEDING 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.”
PAGE 8 Saturday, December 8, 2018 DAILY RACING FORM DRF.COM/BREEDING 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
PAGE 10 Saturday, December 8, 2018 DAILY RACING FORM DRF.COM/BREEDING 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.”
PAGE 12 Saturday, December 8, 2018 DAILY RACING FORM DRF.COM/BREEDING 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
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PAGE 14 Saturday, December 8, 2018 DAILY RACING FORM DRF.COM/BREEDING 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
PAGE 16 Saturday, December 8, 2018 DAILY RACING FORM DRF.COM/BREEDING 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
DRF.COM/BREEDING DAILY RACING FORM Saturday, December 8, 2018 PAGE 17 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
PAGE 18 Saturday, December 8, 2018 DAILY RACING FORM DRF.COM/BREEDING 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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PAGE 22 Saturday, December 8, 2018 DAILY RACING FORM DRF.COM/BREEDING 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
PAGE 24 Saturday, December 8, 2018 DAILY RACING FORM DRF.COM/BREEDING 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
PAGE 26 Saturday, December 8, 2018 DAILY RACING FORM DRF.COM/BREEDING PLENTY OF NEW SIRES TO GO AROUND 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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