12/02/2013 12:12PM

Exhi, Nephrite to Park Stud in Ontario


Young sire Exhi will relocate to Michael and Laurel Byrne’s Park Stud near Orangeville, Ont., for the 2014 breeding season, joining first-year sire Nephrite on the stallion roster.

Exhi, a 6-year-old son of Maria’s Mon, stood his initial season at stud last year at T. C. Westmeath Stud Farm in Shelburne, Ont. The Grade 2 winner will stand the upcoming season for $3,000 Canadian.

An outstanding runner on synthetic surfaces, Exhi won six of 16 career starts for earnings of $807,917 during three seasons of racing. His biggest wins came in the Grade 2 Lexington Stakes and Grade 3 Ben Ali Stakes at Keeneland. He also won the listed Rushaway Stakes at Turfway Park, as well as the Marine Stakes and Victoria Park Stakes at Woodbine. He registered runner-up finishes in the Grade 2 West Virginia Derby and Fayette Stakes.

“We have been following Exhi’s career since he was a 3-year-old. He comes from a tremendous stallion producing Canadian family including foundation broodmare Fanfreluche, and top sires Encosta de Lago, Holy Roman Emperor, Medaille D’or and Khelef.” said Michael Byrne. “With his stellar Polytrack form, and outstanding first foals, he is well suited to the Ontario market and we look forward to furthering his career.”

Making his debut in 2014 will be Nephrite, a 4-year-old Pivotal horse, who won two of four starts racing in Ireland for earnings of $79,094. Racing for the Coolmore partnership and trainer Aidan O’Brien, the Nephrite’s career was highlighted by a win in the Group 3 JRA Killauvullan Stakes and placings in another Group 3 and a listed stakes race. He will stand his initial season for $2,500 Canadian.

“Nephrite, as a Ballydoyle trained winner of the Killavullan is in the mold of our champion first-year sire Perigee Moon and leading New York sire Frost Giant,” Byrne said. “Pivotal is an emerging sire of sires and his offspring have been very successful in North America. We’re very excited to be partnering with Coolmore again, we know Aidan thought very highly of Nephrite, we expect his speed and good looks to be attractive to Ontario breeders.”

Those stallions will join a pair of horses stood in partnership with Spendthrift Farm. Multiple Grade 1 winner Court Vision, an 8-year-old son of Gulch, will stand for $10,000 Canadian, while Victor’s Cry, an 8-year-old Grade 1 winner by Street Cry, will stand for $5,000 Canadian.