Updated on 09/17/2011 5:54PM

Big two at Ashford hit six-digit fees


LEXINGTON, Ky. - Ashford Stud, the North American division of Coolmore Stud's global operation, has raised the fees for freshman sires Fusaichi Pegasus and Giant's Causeway.

Giant's Causeway will stand for $135,000 in 2005, while Fuasichi Pegasus will have a $100,000 fee. In 2004, Giant's Causeway stood for $75,000, and Fusaichi Pegasus stood for $85,000. Both stallions have had good showings from their first crop of runners this year. Giant's Causeway currently is North America's second-leading first-crop sire by progeny earnings, behind Yes It's True, with $1,075,560. Fusaichi Pegasus is ranked third on the same list, with $1,045,733.

Giant's Causeway's leading earner, Shamardal, won England's Group 1 Darley Dewhurst and Group 2 Veuve Clicquot Vintage Stakes this year and has earned $395,680. Giant's Causeway's other top runners include Group 2 winner Maids Causeway and Group 3 winner Footstepsinthesand.

Fusaichi Pegasus's 2004 stakes winners include dual Grade 2 winner Roman Ruler, a top juvenile this year and his sire's top earner with $330,800 in winnings. Fusaichi Pegasus also is the sire of stakes winners South Bay Cove, Killenaule, Witten, and Dr Green, as well as Group 2-placed Scandinavia.

Ashford also has announced that this year it will stand Monashee Mountain, a Danzig half-brother to former Horse of the Year Mineshaft. Monashee Mountain stood in 2004 at Coolmore's headquarters in Ireland. A sire of four stakes winners from his first crop, he will stand for $10,000 at Ashford in 2005.

Distorted Humor's fee increased

WinStar Farm in Versailles, Ky., has raised Distorted Humor's stud fee for the 2005 season. An 11-year-old son of Forty Niner, Distorted Humor will stand for $60,000 next season, up from his $50,000 fee in 2004.

Distorted Humor, sire of the 2003 Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner, Funny Cide, was the leading first-crop sire in 2002 and No. 2 second-crop sire last year, behind Elusive Quality. Distorted Humor is a son of Danzig's Beauty, a Grade 2-winning Danzig mare who also produced multiple stakes winner Dancing Gulch.

Also at WinStar, the 2004 Breeders' Cup Sprint winner, Speightstown, will stand for $40,000, and Victory Gallop and Tiznow will stand for $30,000 in 2005, the same fees they had this year.

In Lexington, Walmac Farm has added two stallions - stakes winner Eavesdropper and winner Tumblebrutus - to its 2005 roster. Eavesdropper, a Kingmambo half-brother to 1992 Horse of the Year and successful sire A. P. Indy, will arrive at Walmac from trainer Kiaran McLaughlin's Belmont barn in the next few weeks, according to a Walmac release. He will stand for $7,500.

Tumblebrutus, who will stand for a $6,000 fee, is a 3-year-old son of Storm Cat and Mariah's Storm, making him a full brother to Giant's Causeway. He has a 7-1-2-1 record and $48,794 in earnings.

Red Sox Nation on horseback

Thoroughbred owners are fond of mining horse names from current events, and the recent Red Sox victory in the World Series has provided fodder, The Jockey Club reports. The Red Sox overturned an 86-year Series drought, popularly thought to be the result of a "curse" from the team's 1920 sale of Babe Ruth's contract to the New York Yankees.

According to a Jockey Club release, Thoroughbred owners around the country are claiming Sox-related names for their runners. One Massachusetts resident and Red Sox fan, Don Little Jr., heads up the Centennial Farms partnership. He has named a yearling Grand Slam-Trick of the Eye colt Curse Reversed.

"My wife and I were at home watching the World Series, and we had the pedigrees of our young horses out in front of us," said Little. "The name Curse Reversed just fit perfectly, because he is by Grand Slam and is one of the fancier individuals in the partnership we're putting together."

The Jockey Club also has received applications for such names as Red Sox Parade, Sweep the Series, Bambino's Curse, and Walkoff Homer. The breed registry approves about 40,000 names a year.