11/06/2012 2:18PM

Adena Springs raises 2013 stud fees for Awesome Again, Ghostzapper


Adena Springs announced stud fees for 18 stallions standing in its Kentucky, New York, and Ontario divisions on Tuesday, and the breeding operation’s two most prolific stallions in Kentucky – Awesome Again and Ghostzapper – saw their fees raised substantially based on productive 2012 campaigns by high-profile offspring.

Awesome Again’s 2013 fee will increase from $50,000 to $75,000 stands and nurses. Awesome Again, the 1998 Breeders’ Cup Classic winner, received attention during the sport’s two most popular events – the Triple Crown and the Breeders’ Cup – because of the performances of Belmont Stakes runner-up and Haskell Invitational Stakes winner Paynter and multiple Grade 1 winner and the Breeders’ Cup Classic’s post-time favorite, Game On Dude.

Ghostzapper, 2004 Horse of the Year, will see his stud fee double from $20,000 to $40,000 next year after enjoying a breakout season in 2012, accumulating 10 graded stakes winners to date and ranking second behind Giant’s Causeway in that category. His filly Contested, a dual Grade 1 winner in 2012, sold for $2.3 million Monday at the Fasig-Tipton fall selected mixed sale.

Champion Macho Uno, whose top 2012 runners include Breeders’ Cup classic runner-up Mucho Macho Man and West Virginia Derby winner Macho Macho, will stand for $20,000 in 2013, up from $15,000 this year.

Other Adena Springs Kentucky stallions with stud fees (all fees are for stands and nurses and remain same as 2012 unless noted): Einstein, $7,500; Giacomo, $5,000; and Tiago, who returns from colic surgery and transfers from McMahon Thoroughbreds of Saratoga, $3,500.

Adena Springs’s Ontario division is headlined by Milwaukee Brew, who currently ranks fourth on Canada’s general sire list and whose fee will drop from $12,500 Canadian to $10,000. The remaining Adena Springs Canada stallions with stud fees in Canadian currency: North Light, $7,500 (down from $10,000); Sligo Bay, $6,000; Silent Name, $5,000; Giant Gizmo, $4,000; Plan, $4,000; Singing Saint, $2,500; Showing Up, $2,500 (down from $5,000); Mast Track, $2,500; and Musketier, who will stand his first season at $2,500.

Two Adena stallions will stand at McMahon Thoroughbreds of Saratoga in New York: Touch Gold, $7,500 (down from $10,000); and Alphabet Soup, $6,000.