11/06/2013 11:22AM

I Want Revenge to stand for $10,000 in 2014


Grade 1 winner I Want Revenge will stand his first season at stud in 2014 at Pauls Mill in Versailles, Ky., for an advertised fee of $10,000.

The 7-year-old son of Stephen Got Even won three of 14 career starts. His résumé is highlighted by a victory in the Grade 1 Wood Memorial Stakes, which was preceded by a win in the Grade 3 Gotham Stakes. He entered the 2009 Kentucky Derby as the morning line favorite, but was scratched the morning of the race due to injury.

“I just thought it was the right number for him,” said Ben Walden, owner of Pauls Mill, regarding the stud fee. “It was a subjective thing. It wasn’t so much I was looking at where he fit in the marketplace compared to other stallions, I just felt that he was a good value at that level.”

I Want Revenge is the first stallion Ben Walden acquired to stand at his revived division at Pauls Mill.

I Want Revenge is out of the Argentine Group 1-placed stakes winning Roy mare Meguial, who is the dam of five winners from as many foals to race, including stakes-placed A Story of Revenge. His extended family includes Argentine Group 1 winners Basko Pinton and Esposado, as well as Group 3 winner Very Dark.

“I love the fact that this horse is bred like Tapit and Bernardini in that he’s by a son of A.P. Indy and out of a granddaughter of Fappiano, so [his pedigree is] similar to two of the best stallions in the country,” Walden said.

“He’s a beautiful physical,” Walden continued. “In this day in age, it’s so important to give breeders a chance when they come see a horse and envision a yearling a couple years down the road, that they get one that they can see themselves being able to sell. If you stand one up at the end of a shank at the yearling sales, if you don’t have the right product, you really have no shot. Strictly physically speaking, he has the most beautiful set of knees, beautiful front end, great hind legs, great balance, about 16.2 [hands]. He was an easy horse to like that way.”