12/19/2012 3:28PM

Chapel Royal sold to stand in Korea


Multiple graded stakes winner and Florida-based stallion Chapel Royal, sire of the 2011 Korean Horse of the Year, has been sold to the Korean Thoroughbred Breeders Association and will stand in that country in 2013.

The 11-year-old Montbrook horse entered stud in 2005 at Coolmore's Ashford Stud in Versailles, Ky. He moved to Signature Stallions in Reddick, Fla., in 2009, and stood there for a fee of $10,000 in 2012.

Chapel Royal is the sire of Ace Galloper, who claimed the KRA Cup Classic, a Korean group stakes, last year to earn Horse of the Year honors. The stallion's other progeny in the country include Korean group stakes winner Royale Embrace.

Chapel Royal has sired eight stakes winners outside of Korea, including Grade 2 winner Advice.

In 2008, the stallion established a North American record for first-crop winners with 38. From five crops of racing age, he has produced 279 winners to date for progeny earnings of $13,344,740.

Chapel Royal, a $1.2 million purchase at the 2003 Ocala Breeders Sales Co.'s selected 2-year-olds in training sale, went on to become a multiple graded stakes winner as a juvenile, taking both the Grade 2 Sanford Stakes and Grade 3 Flash Stakes. He also finished second in the Hopeful Stakes and Champagne Stakes and third in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile.

Chapel Royal, out of the Cutlass mare Cut Class Leanne, retired with three wins from eight career starts for earnings of $495,571.