05/28/2014 11:22AM

Danehill Dancer pensioned from stud duty


Danehill Dancer, a multiple Group 1 winner and Irish stallion, has been pensioned from stud duty due to declining fertility, Racing Post reports.

The 21-year-old son of Danehill  stood at Coolmore Stud in County Tipperary, Ireland, where he has sired 87 graded/group stakes winners from 15 crops of racing age. He was Ireland’s leading sire in 2009, and Hong Kong’s leading stallion by progeny earnings a year later.

Danehill Dancer stood for an advertised fee of $33,983 (25,000 Euros) in 2014, but failed to get any mares in foal.

The stallion’s progeny are led by European champion Mastercraftsman, Australian champions Private Steer, and Chosir, Canadian champion Callwood Dancer, and Scandinavian champion Negra del Oro. Other notable Grade/Group 1 winners by Danehill Dancer include Lillie Langtry, Dancing Rain, Again, Speciosa and Planteur.

Danehill Dancer has at least 17 sons at stud, including Choisir, Mastercraftsman, Monsieur Bond and Planteur. His lone son at stud in the U.S. is Grade 2-placed stakes winner Golden Balls, who stands at Paradise Road Ranch in California.

Danehill Dancer was a three-time group stakes-winning sprinter, taking the Group 1 Phoenix Stakes and National Stakes in Ireland and the Group 3 Greenham Stakes in England. He retired with four wins in 11 starts for earnings of $343,120.