11/23/2010 12:50PM

Ashford sets Lookin At Lucky's stud fee at $35,000


LEXINGTON, Ky. - Lookin At Lucky will start his stud career with a $35,000 fee, and Giant’s Causeway will drop in price from $100,000 to $85,000 in 2011, Ashford Stud announced Tuesday.

Ashford Stud is the North American division of Coolmore Stud.

Lookin At Lucky, 2009’s juvenile champion, retired to Ashford last week. The Smart Strike 3-year-old will be one of two new horses at Ashford in 2001, the other being Munnings. That 4-year-old Speightstown colt will have a $12,500 fee in his initial season. He retired this year with three Grade 2 victories and multiple Grade 1 placings.

Ashford also will lower the stud fees for Grand Slam, who decreases from $17,500 to $15,000; Henrythenavigator, from $40,000 to $35,000; Majestic Warrior and Scat Daddy, from $15,000 to $10,000; and Van Nistelrooy, from $7,500 to $5,000.

Ashford’s other sires will maintain their 2010 fees. They are Dunkirk, $10,000; Fusaichi Pegasus, $15,000; Tale of the Cat, $30,000; and Thunder Gulch, $10,000.

Ashford manager Dermot Ryan called 2010 “a very exciting year” for the Coolmore satellite facility. “Our flag bearer Giant’s Causeway, who was champion sire in 2009, is currently lying second with a shot at retaining his title, while Henrythenavigator led the first-crop sires at Keeneland November with a weanling average of $208,000,” Ryan said.