04/03/2009 12:00AM

Gladiatorus turns Silic into hot commodity


Until last weekend, Silic was living a somewhat quiet existence as a stallion at Getaway Thoroughbred Farm in Romoland, Calif.

Business has picked up noticeably since Silic's son Gladiatorus pulled an upset in the $5 million Dubai Duty Free at Nad Al Sheba Racecourse on the undercard of the Dubai World Cup on March 28.

"The phone has been ringing off the hook," said farm manager Nadine Anderson. "We've had interest in standing the horse in the Southern Hemisphere. We're definitely booking a lot of mares."

Silic, 14, stands for $3,500 and will have a book limited to 60 mares, Anderson said. He joined Getaway's stallion roster in late 2006, having previously stood in Kentucky.

Silic's first crops in California will be small. Anderson said that farm owner Dinesh Maniar enjoys studying pedigrees and has been very selective regarding which mares are chosen.

"We didn't breed many mares to him the first year, and the second year he bred 24," she said of the 2007 and 2008 breeding seasons.

"We haven't really pushed him. A lot of people are calling. It's been good and gives me a chance to look at some pedigrees. We'll close his book at 60. We're creeping up on that.

"That's the way the farm is. [Maniar] doesn't want a great big commercial enterprise. He'd rather breed a small group of mares than a bunch of mares."

Silic won the Breeders' Cup Mile at Gulfstream Park in 1999, the year he won the Shoemaker Breeders' Cup Mile at Hollywood Park. He successfully defended his title in the 2000 Shoemaker and ended his career with a record of 8 wins in 15 starts and earnings of $1,422,299.

"We bought a bunch of mares to support the horse," Anderson said. "We bought some imported mares from England and are trying to do a very strong turf program for him."

Gladiatorus, 4, has won 9 of 12 starts. A Kentucky-bred, Gladiatorus won 6 of 9 starts in Europe in 2007, including three listed stakes in Italy, He missed all of 2008, but is unbeaten in three starts this year in Dubai, all on turf. Gladiatorus races for Sheikh Mansoor bin Mohammed al-Maktoum.

Getaway also stands Best Minister, by Deputy Minister. Best Minister's oldest foals are yearlings this year.

"I can hardly wait till next year," Anderson said, in anticipation of Best Minister's first runners.

Getaway has a five-eighths-mile training track as well as a stallion operation. One 2-year-old at the farm this spring is a full sister to Bob Black Jack, the California-bred horse of the year in 2008. The filly is scheduled to be sent to trainer Jim Kasparoff at Hollywood Park on Monday, Anderson said.

Lucky J.H. sent to stand at Harris Farms

The multiple stakes winner Lucky J.H. will stand at Harris Farms this spring after being retired in late March because of an injury, the farm announced on Friday.

Lucky J.H. won 8 of 20 starts and $632,065. He was being trained for a start in the $125,000 Sensational Star Handicap on March 29 when a suspensory injury was detected.

Trained by Carla Gaines and owned by Harris Farms owner John Harris, Lucky J.H., 7, won four stakes - the Tiznow Stakes and Grade 3 Ack Ack Handicap in 2006, and the Sensational Star and Impressive Luck handicaps in 2008.

"I hate to have to stop on him now as he had a big year ahead in 2009, but due to a training injury, we have sent him to the farm to embark on a new stallion career," Harris said in a statement.

By Cee's Tizzy, Lucky J.H. will stand for a private fee, the farm said.