08/14/2014 1:58PM

Dunkirk sold to Japan for stud duty

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Classic-placed runner and young sire Dunkirk has been sold to the Japan Race Horse Agency to stand at East Stud on the island of Hokkaido beginning in 2015, Thoroughbred Daily News reports.

The 8-year-old son of Unbridled’s Song had been based at Ashford Stud in Versailles, Ky. since entering stud in 2010. He stood the 2014 season for an advertised fee of $15,000, and shuttled to South America to stand the Southern Hemisphere season in 2010, 2011, and 2013.

Dunkirk, who was sold for an undisclosed price, will be shipped to Japan in October to stand for a fee to be determined later. 

Dunkirk’s first foals are 3-year-olds of 2014, led by Grade 1 winner and Eclipse Award finalist Havana. His other leading runners include Grade 3 winner Dunkin Bend, and stakes winners Shock Hazard, Alamo Heights, and Conniption Fit. 

Bred in Kentucky by William S. Farish, James Elkins, and W.T. Webber Jr., Dunkirk was $3.7 million purchase by the Coolmore partnership at the 2007 Keeneland September yearling sale, He raced five times for the ownership group, winning twice for earnings of $393,200, and finishing second in the 2009 editions of the Belmont Stakes and Florida Derby.

Dunkirk is out of the multiple Grade 1-winning A.P. Indy mare Secret Status, winner of the 2000 Kentucky Oaks, who is the dam of four winners from eight starters.

Diana Levy More than 1 year ago
I don't really understand why Japan wanted him. They like sound horses over there. He wasn't and so far he doesn't seem to be throwing them either.
Nina Thomas More than 1 year ago
They need the stall for Verrazano. At least Dunkirk's foals had a chance to run before he was sold off. Hansen's foals weren't even born before he was exiled to Korea.
L. More than 1 year ago
I know of no other farm that would sell the LEADING freshman sire to Japan off that start last year. But then again, Coolmore is only in the stallion business to turn a tidy profit as quickly as possible. They buy and sell more stallions than they ever establish.