02/01/2013 6:38PM

Champion Orientate to Northview Stallion Station


Champion sprinter Orientate will relocate to stand the 2013 breeding season at Northview Stallion Station in Chesapeake City, Md.

The 15-year-old Mt. Livermore horse, owned by a syndicate, will stand for a fee of $5,000 when the foal stands and nurses.

Orientate had stood his entire career to date at Gainesway Farm in Lexington, Ky., where he entered stud in 2003. He most recently stood for a fee of $7,500 in 2012.

“We’re excited for the opportunity to bring Orientate to breeders in the region,” Northview president and chief executive officer Richard Golden said. “He consistently gets a great number of winners, with high earning potential, and can get Grade 1 winners. He proved his class as a racehorse and, being a Blushing Groom line stallion out of a Turn-to line mare, offers breeders a pedigree free of Northern Dancer and Mr. Prospector.”

Orientate won six stakes races in 2002 to earn the Eclipse Award as champion sprinter. He capped his campaign with a victory in the Breeders' Cup Sprint, his second Grade 1 triumph of 2002 after winning the Forego Stakes. He retired with 10 wins from 19 career starts and earnings of $1,716,950.

From his first seven crops of racing age, Orientate has produced 421 winners—including 35 stakes winners—for total progeny earnings of $33,972,983 through Jan. 30. His top runners include Lady Joanne, a three-time graded stakes winner who captured the Grade 1 Alabama Stakes in 2007; Grade 1 winner Intangaroo; and Grade 2 winners Kara's Orientation, Great Hot and Greenspring.

Orientate is also the broodmare sire of 2012 champion 2-year-old male Shanghai Bobby, who was produced from his stakes winning daughter Steelin'.

Out of the Grade 1-winning Cox's Ridge mare Dream Team, Orientate is a half-brother to stakes winner Stalwartly.