01/17/2017 12:14PM

Bradester, Mexikoma standing in Texas

Barbara D. Livingston
Bradester was retired with more than $1 million in earnings.

Grade 1 winner Bradester and Grade 1-placed Mexikoma will each begin his stallion career in Texas for the 2017 breeding season.

Bradester, a 7-year-old son of Lion Heart, will stand at Valor Farm in Pilot Point for an advertised fee of $3,500.

Mexikoma, a 6-year-old son of Birdstone, will stand at Keen Farms in Burleson for $1,000.

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Owned by Joseph Sutton and trained by Eddie Kenneally, Bradester retired with 10 wins in 26 starts for earnings of $1,196,332.

His biggest win came in the Grade 1 Stephen Foster Handicap at Churchill Downs in 2016. He is also a two-time winner of the Grade 2 Monmouth Cup Stakes, and also chalked up victories in the Grade 3 Salvator Mile, Mineshaft Handicap, and Ack Ack Handicap.

Bred in Kentucky by Doug Branham, Bradester is out of the winning Grand Slam mare Grandestofall, who is the dam of three winners from four runners. His extended family includes Grade 2 winner Zealous Connection and Grade 3 winner Here’s Zealous.

Mexikoma won four of 12 starts for $339,054, highlighted by a victory in the 2016 Sunshine Millions Classic. He also finished third in last year’s Grade 1 Donn Handicap.

Michael Dilger trained Mexikoma for owner Team Valor International.

Bred in Florida by Hickstead Farm, Mexikoma is the first foal out of the placed Toccet mare Toccet Over, and is her first winner from three runners. He is from the family of Grade 1 winner Love Theway Youare; Grade 2 winners Saint Anddan, Tower of Texas, and Street Sounds; and Grade 3/Group 3 winners Lufkikus and Lightning Moon.