01/18/2016 6:56PM

Happy ending to sale of sire Mutadda


Mutadda, a stakes-winning son of Mutakddim, will relocate to A Shy Wolff Farm in Lexington, Ky. after being purchased for $1,500 at the Keeneland January horses of racing age sale by his previous night-watch person.

The 12-year-old stallion previously resided at Crestwood Farm in Lexington, where he stood privately for owner Andrena Van Doren, the former owner the Vans footwear line. Agnes Krug, a night-watch employee at Crestwood Farm, was the winning bidder at the sale on Friday and will stand the horse in partnership with bloodstock agent D.R. Goodnight.

“I saw him every night, except for last night when I set up for work and he wasn’t there, and I was freaking out,” Krug said Friday after the auction. “I had no idea he was going to be in the sale. I was so excited.

"The horse deserves to be with somebody who loves him, so that’s me."

Bred in Kentucky by Van Doren, Mutadda won four of 18 starts during his four seasons of racing for earnings of $179,629, highlighted by a victory in the listed F. W. Gaudin Memorial Stakes at the Fair Grounds. He retired to Crestwood for the 2010 breeding season.

Mutadda has had a modest career at stud, with 23 foals of racing age and seven winners over four crops, with combined progeny earnings of $262,675. His top runner is Blutadda, a six-time winner and earner of $76,299.

Krug, who could barely contain her elation after the transaction, said she never expected to land the stallion for such a low price, and said his days at stud were not over. He will stand the 2016 breeding season for $3,500.

“For me, it’s just his presence, his size, because he’s just there in your face,” Krug said, describing his appeal at stud. “I have a mare that I was originally going to breed to him when he was at Crestwood, so I’ll go ahead and breed her, and Mr. Goodnight has some mares he said possibly would want to cross with him.”

Mutadda is out of the multiple Chilean Group 1-winning Gallantsky mare Carita Tostada, whose six winners from seven foals to race also include Grade 3 winners Jadada and Shaconage, and Grade 1-placed Chile Chatte. He is from the family of Chilean Horse of the Year Feliz De La Vida; Chilean champions Nina Balconera, Tim Bero, Sahumerio, and Apreton de Manos; and Grade 2 winner and sire Horse Greeley.