11/03/2014 11:54PM

Honorable Dillon to stand at Rockridge Farm in New York


Grade 2 winner Honorable Dillon has been retired from racing and will stand at Rockridge Farm in Hudson, N.Y., in 2015 for an advertised fee of $5,000.

The 4-year-old son of Tapit finishes his on-track career with 3 wins in 15 career starts for earnings of $233,649, highlighted by a win in the Grade 2 Hutcheson Stakes.

"We are excited to stand such a high caliber race horse and the son of North America's number one stallion, Tapit, at our farm in New York,” said Lere Visagie of Rockridge Farm. “Honorable Dillon very closely resembles his sire in almost every way, and we believe that he gives New York breeders every reason to stay in the state and breed into the most prolific sire line in the U.S."

Bred in Kentucky by Robert Trussell Jr., Honorable Dillon is out of the Argentine stakes-placed Shy Tom mare Shy Greeting, whose seven winners from eight foals to race also include Argentine champion Forty Greeta, also a stakes producer, and stakes-placed Liquidity Trap. He is from the family of Grade 2 winner Good Command.

Honorable Dillon will be involved in a pair of incentive programs, with the first being the “Real Award” program, which passes 100 percent of the New York stallion awards earned to the breeders if their mare is booked to the stallion prior to Jan. 1, 2015 for the 2015 breeding season. The second is the “Real Profit” program, which guarantees breeders $20,000 to $30,000 for healthy weanlings out of graded stakes-winning or –producing mares.

“Honorable Dillon is an absolutely beautiful horse, and breeders that come to see him will certainly want to breed to him,” said bloodstock agent Mersad Metanovic, who brokered the deal. “The owners are putting their money where their mouth is and are announcing two ground-breaking incentive programs for NY breeders.”