11/10/2013 3:38PM

Giant’s Causeway continues at $85,000 for 2014


North America's reigning leading general sire Giant's Causeway will stand for an unchanged fee of $85,000 to lead the roster at Coolmore's Ashford Stud near Versailles, Ky., for 2014.

The 16-year-old Storm Cat horse, Europe’s Horse of the Year in 2000, led the North American general sire list for the third time in the last four years in 2012. Giant’s Causeway, whose fee has remained unchanged since 2011, is currently third on the general sire list in both earnings (over $9.8 million) and stakes winners (20) this year.

Ashford adds two new stallions for 2014 in champion Shanghai Bobby and multiple Grade 1 winner Verrazano. Shanghai Bobby, who capped his unbeaten 2-year-old campaign with a win in the 2012 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile to earn a divisional Eclipse Award, becomes one of three juvenile champions on the Ashford roster, joining Lookin At Lucky and Uncle Mo. The 3-year-old son of the late Harlan’s Holiday will stand for an introductory fee of $20,000. Verrazano, a 3-year-old More Than Ready colt, captured this year’s Haskell Invitational and Wood Memorial. He is expected to start in the Grade 1 Cigar Mile on Nov. 30, with a fee to be announced.

Majestic Warrior’s fee takes a significant hike from $12,500 to $22,500 for 2014. The A.P. Indy horse is represented by championship contender Princess of Sylmar, winner of the Kentucky Oaks, Coaching Club American Oaks, Alabama Stakes, and Beldame Stakes, from his first crop.

Majestic Warrior is one of only two Ashford stallions whose fee will rise for 2014. The other is Dunkirk, whose fee jumps from $10,000 to $15,000. Dunkirk, a son of Unbridled’s Song, is the sire of Grade 1 Champagne Stakes winner and Breeders’ Cup Juvenile runner-up Havana.

Five Ashford stallions in addition to Giant’s Causeway have unchanged fees for next season: Scat Daddy ($30,000), Tale of the Cat ($25,000), Munnings ($10,000), Thunder Gulch ($10,000), and Fusaichi Pegasus ($7,500).

Four young sires will stand for reduced fees in 2014: Uncle Mo, who drops from $35,000 to $27,500; Cape Blanco, who drops from $17,500 to $15,000; Lookin At Lucky, who drops from $25,000 to $15,000; and Stay Thirsty, who drops from $17,500 to $15,000. Uncle Mo and Cape Blanco are currently represented by weanlings, while Stay Thirsty’s first foals arrive in the spring.