11/30/2007 12:00AM

Defer begins second career in N.Y.

EmailDefer, a graded-stakes-winning son of Danzig, has been retired from racing and will enter stud at Empire Stud near Hudson, N.Y. The 5-year-old will stand the 2008 breeding season for $6,500.

The homebred raced for Dinny Phipps and was trained by Hall of Fame trainer Shug McGaughey.

Defer was a first-out winner as a juvenile at Belmont Park, a fact not lost on Empire Stud co-owner James LaMonica.

"He always kind of caught my eye because he started off breaking his maiden at first asking and then turned around and ran a very valiant second to Rockport Harbor in the Nashua Stakes," LaMonica said. "That's not really the norm for the Phipps Stable and Shug. They usually get them geared up more for the classic races."

Defer followed his effort in the Grade 3 Nashua with a victory in the Grade 3 Laurel Futurity at 1 1/16 miles.

Defer also won at Saratoga and Keeneland and placed in the Tampa Bay and Notoriety stakes.

He earned $260,365 and won or placed in 13 of 18 career starts.

"He showed a better influence of early speed," LaMonica said. "And throughout his career, he showed he could run on both surfaces and be successful. Those kinds of things, when you have that kind of pedigree, and certainly that kind of precocity, are what we look for in stallion prospects. Pedigree, good looks, precocity, and versatility - and with different track changes versatility is going to be more important. I think Danzig has been such a strong influence on the breed, especially throughout Europe and Australia."

Danzig, by Northern Dancer, died in 2006. He is the sire of the great international stallion Danehill.

Danzig's son Langfuhr is the sire of leading older male of 2007 Lawyer Ron.

Other stallions by Danzig include Chief's Crown, Dayjur, and Exchange Rate.

Defer is out of the Mr. Prospector mare Hidden Reserve, who is also the dam of Philanthropist, winner of the Grade 3 Queens County Handicap.

Hidden Reserve placed in three graded events during her career, including the Grade 2 Demoiselle. Hidden Reserve is a half-sister to Breeders' Cup Distaff winner and champion Inside Information, and is a full sister to Educated Risk, winner of the Grade 1 Frizette Stakes.

Inside Information is the mother of champion Smuggler, winner of the Coaching Club American Oaks in 2005.

Hidden Reserve's third dam is Grey Flight, whose family includes champions Bold Lad and Successor.

Strong lineup at Empire Stud

Defer joins Chief Seattle and Midas Eyes at Empire Stud.

Chief Seattle's most recent stakes winner is Bold Chieftain, winner of the California Cup Classic. He is also the sire of Seafree, winner of the Grade 2 La Canada Stakes, and of Shillelagh Slew, winner of the Canadian Derby and Ontario Derby, both Grade 3 events.

Chief Seattle's progeny earnings for 2007 stand at $2.6 million.

Chief Seattle, a 10-year-old son of Seattle Slew who finished second in both the Champagne Stakes and Breeders' Cup Juvenile, has a fee of $5,000 for 2008.

Seattle Slew is also the sire of the influential leading stallion A.P. Indy.

Midas Eyes is by Belmont Stakes winner Touch Gold. A winner of the Grade 1 Forego Handicap at Saratoga Race Course, the 7-year-old Midas Eyes also captured the Derby Trial and Swale stakes, both Grade 3 events.

Midas Eyes finished on the board in the Cigar Mile and Malibu Stakes, both Grade 1 races.

Midas Eyes is a half-brother to stakes winners Bayou's Lassie and Bourbon N Blues. His family includes Hopeful Stakes winner Outing Class.

The first foals by Midas Eyes arrived this year.

A weanling colt by Midas Eyes was purchased for $30,000 at the Keeneland November sale by Blue Ridge Partners from the consignment of Eaton Sales, agent.

The colt's dam, the Devil's Bag mare Silken Purse, is a half-sister to Brushing Up, winner of the Grey Lag and Stymie handicaps, both Grade 3 races.

Midas Eyes is represented by a weanling filly at Fasig-Tipton's Midlantic December mixed sale on Monday. Consigned by Wolf Pen LLC as Hip No. 473, she is out of Damask Steel, a daughter of Hidden Prize who placed in the Group 1 Polla de Potrancas in Argentina.

Midas Eyes stands for $7,500 for the 2008 breeding season.