11/21/2014 6:22PM

Eye of the Leopard will stand in Ontario for 2015

Michael Burns
Eye of the Leopard, who stood in Kentucky as a freshman sire, will be at Colebrooks Farms in Ontario starting next year.

Canadian champion and classic winner Eye of the Leopard will return to his home country to stand the 2015 breeding season at Colebrook Farms in Uxbridge, Ontario.

The 8-year-old Eye of the Leopard, a son of A.P. Indy who is closely related to several other Canadian champions, was retired to stand at Calumet Farm in Lexington, Ky., in 2013. He will stand for $5,000 in Canadian funds in his initial season at Colebrook.

“We’re very happy to have a stallion of that breeding, from that family, to stand here,” Colebrook owner John Burness said. “It’s the best pedigree in Canada, at this point. We’re very happy to have him in our Ontario program.”

Eye of the Leopard won the 2009 Plate Trial Stakes and then claimed the Queen's Plate, the first leg of the Canadian Triple Crown, in just his fourth career start. He finished third in the Prince of Wales Stakes, the second leg of the series. The campaign earned him the Sovereign Award as Canada's champion 3-year-old colt. In all, he won 5 of 24 career starts for earnings of $920,517.

Eye of the Leopard was purchased in 2012 by the Bluegrass Hall LLC of prominent owner Brad Kelley, who assumed control of the historic Calumet property that same year.

Out of the Smart Strike mare Eye of the Sphynx, herself a Canadian champion, Eye of the Leopard is a full brother to Grade 2 winner Deceptive Vision, and to multiple stakes winner Hotep, runner-up in the 2010 Queen's Plate. Eye of the Sphynx is a half-sister to Canadian classic winner Quiet Cleo, dam of 2000 Canadian Horse of the Year Quiet Resolve.