02/10/2017 2:12PM

Da Stoops to continue stud career in Oklahoma

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Da Stoops, a Grade 2-placed multiple stakes winner will move to Rockin’ BB Ranch in Tecumseh, Okla. for the 2017 breeding season after selling to Danny Caldwell for $4,000 on Tuesday at the Fasig-Tipton Kentucky winter mixed sale.

The 14-year-old son of Distorted Humor will stand for an advertised fee of $1,000.

“Oklahoma is usually based on speed,” Caldwell said. “We’ve got a lot of horses that are fast, and they don’t necessarily breed for distance as much as they do speed here. I want something that’s going to run early as a 2-year-old and has speed, and Da Stoops kind of fits that bill. I just think his babies will run early, and that’s what I need.”

Da Stoops has sired six crops of racing age, with 62 winners and progeny earnings over $4.2 million.

His most successful runners are stakes winners Redneck Humor and Da Hoot.

Caldwell had prior experience with a Da Stoops foal in Da Belldozer, a multiple stakes-placed colt named after former University of Oklahoma football player Blake Bell.

Da Stoops won five of 16 starts during his on-track career for earnings of $640,906. He won four state-bred stakes races in Southern California, including the Sunshine Millions Dash Stakes, and placed in the Grade 2 Dwyer Stakes and Grade 3 Hollywood Prevue Stakes.

Bred in California by Malibu Valley Farms, Inc., Da Stoops is the first foal out of the unraced Kingdom of Spain mare Glamorous Lady, who is the dam of five winners from six foals to race.

Da Stoops last stood publicly at Stonewall Phoenix Stallion Division in Kentucky, and has not covered a mare on record since 2014.

“I actually tried to buy the horse in 2014, but they wanted too much money for him, so I saw him in the sale and thought I’d give it a shot,” Caldwell said. “I think I can get several mares to him, and possibly a few Quarter Horses.”

As an Oklahoma resident and fan of the University of Oklahoma football program, coached by Bob Stoops, Caldwell said Da Stoops should fit in nicely in the Sooner State.

“I’ve got a lot of naming opportunities,” he said. “That’s my team, so what better than to own a horse named ‘Da Stoops?’ You’ll see some good ones. My wife and her sister are already thinking of several names. We can’t wait to get some babies on the ground.”

Four Star Sales consigned Da Stoops at the Fasig-Tipton sale, as agent.