12/13/2012 1:32PM

Americain leads Calumet roster at $20K


Historic Calumet Farm in Lexington, Ky., has announced its stud fees for 2013, with Group 1 winner Americain leading its newly created three-stallion roster.

Americain, winner of the Melbourne Cup in 2010, will stand for $20,000. Multiple graded stakes winner Aikenite and stakes winner Lentenor – a full brother to 2006 Kentucky Derby winner Barbaro – will each stand for $7,500. All three will be first-year stallions of 2013.

The three stallions represent the introductory roster for Calumet in the Brad Kelley era. In May 2012, the Calumet Investment Group trust purchased the property for about $36 million from a trust that had been established by the late Henryk de Kwiatkowski. Kelley subsequently leased Calumet from the investment group trust and moved his Hurricane Hall and Bluegrass Hall breeding and racing operations to the property.

The globe-trotting Americain, a 7-year-old by Dynaformer, won 11 of 34 career starts and earned $5,780,679 while competing on four continents. In addition to the Melbourne Cup, he won multiple Group 2 stakes in France and Australia. He was named Australia’s champion stayer in 2011.

Out of the Group 2-winning Arazi mare America, Americain is a half-brother to Group 2-placed winner Spycrawler and stakes-placed winner Amarak.

Aikenite won two Grade 2 stakes in 2011, the Churchill Downs Stakes and the Commonwealth Stakes. He placed in six other graded stakes, including three Grade 1 placings. He won 5 of 24 career starts and earned $875,385.

The 5-year-old Yes It’s True horse, who was retired in late October with an ankle injury, is out of the Saint Ballado mare Silverlado.

Lentenor, a 5-year-old Dynaformer horse, won 4 of 17 career starts for earnings of $184,406. He captured the Kitten’s Joy Stakes in July at Colonial Downs and also established a course record at Tampa Bay Downs last year, running about 1 1/16 miles on turf in 1:40.95.

Lentenor’s dam, the multiple graded stakes-placed Carson City mare La Ville Rouge, is best known for producing Barbaro, who captured three other graded stakes – including the Grade 1 Florida Derby – in 2006 prior to winning the Kentucky Derby.

Lentenor also is a full brother to stakes-placed winners Nicanor and Margano as well as a half-brother to stakes winner Holy Ground.