07/12/2013 11:36AM

The Deputy to stand in Ohio for 2014


Grade 1 winner The Deputy will relocate to Cedar Brook Farm in West Union, Ohio for the 2014 breeding season, standing for an advertised fee of $2,000.

The 16-year-old son of Petardia previously stood at Hubel Farms in Clare, Mich., where he had resided since the 2006 season. The Deputy will remain in Michigan until at least January 1 to adhere to the state’s stallion bonus award program, at which point ownership will be transferred to new owner Duane Howard, and the horse will move to Ohio.

“He’s a multiple graded stakes winner, and he’s done a really good job of siring horses that are capable of running on different surfaces and at different distances,” Howard said. “I think there are good quality mares around, and with a reasonable book of them, there’s no reason why he shouldn’t continue his winning ways.”

The Deputy began his racing career in his native Ireland, where he broke his maiden by 2 1/2 lengths at Epsom Downs for owner Bienstock and Partners. He was purchased privately by Team Valor International following his 2-year-old season and was brought stateside to the barn of Jenine Sahadi, where he won his first start in the Hill Rise Stakes on the turf at Santa Anita Park.

The colt then set his sights on the Kentucky Derby trail, winning the Santa Catalina Stakes and finishing second in the San Felipe Stakes, both Grade 2 races. A victory in the Grade 1 Santa Anita Derby cemented his status as one of the favorites heading into the 2000 Kentucky Derby, where he left the gates as the betting public’s second choice.

The Deputy was retired to Margaux Farm in Midway, Ky. after a 14th place finish in Fusaichi Pegasus’ Derby, his only time out of the money. He finished his career with four wins in ten starts for earnings of $817,270.

At stud, the leaders from The Deputy’s ten crops of racing age include Panamanian champion Happy Buy and stakes winners Ruffaroundtheedges, I Got a Dream, and Our Girl Pearl.

Bred in Ireland by John McEnery, The Deputy is out of the Last Tycoon mare Manfath, who is the dam of seven winners from ten foals to race, including Japanese champion and two-time leading sire King Kamehameha and Japanese Group 2-placed winner Race Pilot.

“He’s a complete outcross in the first five generations,” Howard said about The Deputy, “which could make him useful for some of the more heavily inbred mares.”