11/11/2014 9:12PM

Harlington sold to stand in Saudi Arabia


Harlington, a Grade 2 winner and stallion, was purchased by Saudi Arabian interests on Tuesday at the Keeneland November breeding stock sale, and will stand in that country in 2015.

Bloodstock agent Chad Schumer signed the ticket on the 12-year-old Unbridled horse, who will join Graeme Hall and Stratford Hill among the stallions purchased at the Keeneland November sale that will be headed to Saudi Arabia. All three were sold as part of the dispersal of Eugene Melnyk’s racing and breeding stock, and formerly stood at his Winding Oaks Farm in Ocala, Fla.

Harlington is the sire of three crops of racing age, with 53 winners and combined progeny earnings of more than $3.1 million. His runners are led by Puerto Rican champion Srta. Aleidy C., U.S. stakes winner Uzziel, and stakes-placed Harlington’s Rose, Argyle Cut, and King Racer.

“We’re very tickled to have him,” Schumer said. “You wouldn’t find a better pedigree than that, and he’s a stunning individual, pure class. I think he’s done better than he’s been given credit for, and he’s a young, promising, fairly dirt-type of stallion. He really fit the profile.”

Harlington previously stood at Melnyk’s Winding Oaks Farm, where he was advertised in 2014 for a fee of $1,500. It was his first season at Winding Oaks after previously standing at Hill ‘n’ Dale Farm in Lexington, Ky. Hill ‘n’ Dale Sales Agency consigned the stallion as agent on Tuesday.

Melnyk purchased Harlington – who was bred in Kentucky by Lewis Thoroughbreds - for $2.8 million at the 2003 Keeneland September yearling sale. He went on to win six of 10 starts for earnings of $370,000, highlighted by a victory in the Grade 2 Gulfstream Park Handicap.

Harlington is out of the champion Serena’s Song, whose 10 winners from 12 foals to race include Group 1 winner Sophisticat, Grade 2 winner Grade Reward, Grade 3 winner Schramsberg, stakes winner Serena’s Tune, and stakes-placed Arbitrate. Serena’s Tune produced stakes winner Serena’s Cat, dam of graded stakes winners Noble Tune and Honor Code. Their weanling half-sister by Tapit set the North American record price for a weanling on Nov. 5, selling at the Keeneland November sale for $3 million.

While Schumer signed the tickets on all three Melnyk stallions at the Keeneland November sale to be sent to Saudi Arabia, he said that the recognition of the Melnyk program itself was not as much of a selling point for his clients as the fact that the horses were proven commodities.

“We continually seek out stallions in the U.S,” Schumer said. “Their preference is a proven stallion. Every now and then, we’ll buy a stallion prospect, I would say 80 percent of the ones we’ve bought have been stallions at stud and 20 percent stallion prospects, at most.”