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Influx of quality sires to Mid-Atlantic region
Breeders in the Mid-Atlantic region are enjoying a buyers' market. There are a multitude of choices close to home when looking for stallions - impeccable pedigrees, leading sires, Grade 1 winners - with fees generally less than what would be expected if they stood in Kentucky.
For stallion owners, lucrative bonuses await for participating in the growing state breeders' funds. Such riches have lured a growing number of stallions to the region's borders.
More than 25 new stallions have moved to West Virginia, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and New Jersey for 2002, and the states with the two largest breeders' funds - Pennsylvania and West Virginia - have experienced the greatest surge in new blood.
Tom Reigle has struck gold in his quest for a hot, young stallion at his Reigle Heir Farms in Grantville. Judge T C, the most accomplished son of former Pennsylvania leading sire Judge Smells, has quickly inherited his sire's position with just two crops to race.
Judge T C, an 11-year-old dark bay horse, had progeny earnings of $2.3 million in 2001 to top Pennsylvania's sires lists. He continues to make a name for himself as a sire of 2-year-old runners and ranked in the top 10 nationally as a freshman sire by number of winners with 13. Judge T C had 26 juvenile winners in 2001, second in the nation among U.S.-based stallions.
Judge T C's runners include last year's Grade 1-winning 2-year-old filly Lady Shari and current 3-year-old Request for Parole, a Triple Crown nominee who has won two consecutive stakes, including the John Battaglia Memorial on March 2 at Turfway Park. A multiple graded stakes winner of $826,826, Judge T C is out of the Secretariat mare I'm Pretty and is a direct descendant of Aspidistra, dam of the legendary Dr. Fager. He stands for $2,500 live foal, or $2,000 for mares foaling in Pennsylvania.
Helen and Caroline Stearns finalized arrangements to stand Arthur Appleton's graded stakes winner Federal Trial at their Justaplain Farm in Cochranville for 2002. His stud fee is $2,000 live foal, or $1,500 to mares foaling in Pennsylvania. The 7-year-old Federal Trial, bred on a similar cross to Horse of the Year Skip Away - both being by Skip Trial out of Diplomat Way mares - is a full brother to stakes winner Mystic Union and half-brother to Miss Angelique. A winner of 7 of 14 lifetime starts, Federal Trial excelled on the grass, winning the Grade 2 Hialeah Turf Cup Handicap and Grade 3 Canadian Turf Handicap. He set a course record of 1:39.08 at Gulfstream Park for 1 1/16 miles.
Dr. William J. Solomon's Pin Oak Lane Farm in New Freedom is home to two new stallions, one of whom made headlines in the state a couple of years ago. Smart Guy, a son of Smarten, won the 1999 Grade 3 Pennsylvania Derby and three additional stakes during his 3-year-old season, placed in six stakes during his career, and earned $462,740. Out of the stakes-placed mare Royal Tali, 6-year-old Smart Guy is a full brother to juvenile stakes winner and $322,900-earner Maragold Princess. Owned by David Malatesta, Smart Guy was test bred in 2001, and stands his first full season for $2,000.
Solomon's association with Overbrook Farm, which resulted in bringing Deposit Ticket and Corporate Report, among the state's leading sires, to Pin Oak Lane in recent years, has landed another top prospect. Coastal Storm, a well-bred son of Storm Cat out of Grade 1 winner Pearl City (by Mr. Prospector's son Carson City) stands his first season in 2002. The 3-year-old Coastal Storm, unraced due to a training injury last year, has a pedigree nearly identical to major young sire Hennessy. Coastal Storm stands for $2,500 live foal.
Top Pennsylvania-bred runner Dusty Screen returns to his home state after standing in Kentucky since 1996. A winner of eight stakes, including the Grade 3 Salvator Mile, National Jockey Club, and Appleton handicaps, Dusty Screen earned $624,685. By Silent Screen, Dusty Screen is out of Azulejos, a daughter of Buckfinder, who has also produced stakes winners Rose Law Firm and Holdontothemoment, from the family of champion Stage Door Johnny. Dusty Screen stands at Our Farm, Inc., in Norristown for $1,500 live foal.
The consistent racehorse Clash by Night enters stud at Xanthus Farms in Gettysburg for $2,000 live foal, discounted to $1,500 for Pennsylvania foaling mares. A 9-year-old son of Conquistador Cielo, Clash by Night raced seven seasons, making 80 starts and earning $623,204. He accounted for four stakes victories, all at 3, and placed in eight stakes. He is out of Blushing Groom's daughter Reina Terra.
Graeme Beaton has acquired Spectaculardynasty to stand at his Blue House Farm in Hustontown under private contract. A winning son of Spectacular Bid, 14-year-old Spectaculardynasty previously stood in New York. Spectaculardynasty has had limited opportunity at stud, with just eight named foals in four crops, but has sired multiple stakes winner T. B. Track Star, winner of the Lone Star Derby and earner of $458,280.
John McKee and Cynthia O'Bannon's Beau Ridge Farm in Bunker Hill has four of the 10 new stallions in West Virginia: Castine, Catastrophe, Emancipator, and Explosive Red. Each stands for $1,000 or less.
Explosive Red recently arrived from Adena Springs Canada. A 12-year-old son of Explodent out of Canadian broodmare of the year Amelia Bearhart, Explosive Red was the third-leading freshman sire in North America in 1999 when he sired three stakes winners, including Grade 1 winner La Mistica. His total progeny earnings from three crops to race exceed $3 million. A Grade 1 winner on the turf, Explosive Red earned $864,931. He is a half-brother to Canadian Horse of the Year Chief Bearhart, winner of the 1997 Breeders' Cup Turf. Explosive Red's third dam is Gold Digger, dam of Mr. Prospector. Owned by a partnership, Explosive Red stands for $750 live foal.
Allowance winner Castine is a son of Mr. Prospector from one of Canada's most prolific families. Castine's dam, the winning Vice Regent mare Written Word, has also produced graded winner Thesaurus ($602,234) while his second dam, Classy Quillo, appears in the pedigrees of such runners as Horse of the Year Dance Smartly, champions Sky Classic, Regal Classic, Grey Classic, Classy 'n Smart, Dancethruthedawn, and Hello Seattle. Castine stands his first season for $750 live foal.
Catastrophe, a son of Storm Cat, stands his first year for $600. The allowance winner is one of eight winners for his dam, stakes-placed Real Jenny, whose other foals include $475,572-earner Ifyoucouldseemenow, winner of three Grade 3 races, and $436,817-earner Doyouseewhatisee.
Emancipator moves to the state after previously standing in Illinois. His first foals are yearlings this year. By Forty Niner out of Grade 1-winning juvenile Contredance (by Danzig), Emancipator is from the family of Grade 1-winning millionaires Skimming and Lazy Slusan. He stands for $1,000.
Jim Casey has enjoyed many years as the state's leading breeder by campaigning homebreds by his own stallions My Boy Adam and Weshaam. His newest acquisition is graded stakes winner Luftikus. A son of Meadowlake, Luftikus earned $479,630 from 10 starts and was never off the board. His most lucrative score came in the Grade 3 Lone Star Park Handicap, in which he equaled the track record for 1 1/16 miles. Luftikus is out of Andora, by Conquistador Cielo, herself a daughter of the top-class race mare Sabin. Luftikus stands his first season for $2,500.
A second son of Meadowlake to enter stud in 2002 is 7-year-old Medford, who stands at Fleetwood Farm in Charles Town. A stakes-winning sprinter of $128,370, Medford is out of Grade 2 Adirondack Stakes winner Really Quick. He is offered at $1,000 live foal.
Greenspring Willy joins the ranks at Mardoc Farm in Bakerton. A six-time stakes winner, Greenspring Willy, a son of Smarten, earned $361,323. Twice during his 3-year-old season he defeated older horses, in the Maryland Million Sprint and Bowie Stakes. A half-brother to two stakes winners, 7-year-old Greenspring Willy stands for $1,500.
Naylee Farm recently announced that Satchmo's Band, a winning son of Dixieland Band, stands his first season for $750, or free to mares bred for the West Virginia breeders' program. A half-brother to stakes winner American Tourist, 5-year-old Satchmo's Band is from the family of Grade 1-winning millionaires Sultry Song and Solar Splendor and local hero Lexington Park, a graded stakes winner who won 47 races.
Elaine Hagy has added a stallion to the roster at Piece of the Rock Farm in Harpers Ferry. Strike Adduce, a winning son of Strike the Gold, stands his first season free to approved mares.
Durable sire Kokand, for years a fixture in South Carolina, has been moved to Tym Mar Farms in Pickaway. A 17-year-old son of Mr. Prospector, Kokand has 10 crops of racing age, with 84 percent winners from 155 starters and 13 stakes horses, topped by $525,845-earner Big Rut, a seven-time stakes winner. Kokand is out of the stakes-winning Nijinsky II mare Waving, a half-sister to Practitioner and Bends Me Mind. He stands for $2,500 live foal.
Karen and Joe Jennings have secured two solid sires to stand at their Walnford Stud in Allentown this season. Numerous (Mr. Prospector-Number, by Nijinsky II) and Caller I. D. (Phone Trick-Plagiarizing, by Ramsinga) are both graded stakes winners who have sired more than a dozen stakes winners each. And both have landed atop the New Jersey sires lists in 2001.
Numerous, now 10, had been shuttling between South America and Kentucky since entering stud in 1996. From his combined crops, he sired 10 stakes winners in 2001, including undefeated Canadian champion Numerous Times. His earnings last year topped $3.4 million, nearly double that of second place sire Caller I. D.
Out of graded stakes winner Number, Numerous is a full brother to Grade 1 winner Jade Robbery and Grade 3 winner Chequer. His second dam is the marvelous producer Special, dam or granddam of leading sires Nureyev, Sadler's Wells, and Fairy King. He stands for $5,000. With seven crops of racing age, 13-year-old Caller I. D. has total lifetime progeny earnings in excess of $9.4 million, ranking second behind longtime leading sire Pappa Riccio in that category. His stud fee is $3,500.
First year sire Deputy Warlock enters stud at the Swales family's Tee-N-Jay Farm in Jamesburg for $3,500 live foal, with special consideration to mares who foal in New Jersey. A 5-year-old son of Silver Deputy, Deputy Warlock won two stakes at 2 and was twice graded stakes-placed in his career, earning $298,074. He is the first foal out of Date Stone, by Forty Niner, a half-sister to $203,602-earner Open Toe from the family of leading sire End Sweep.
The magnificently bred Mr. Nugget enters stud at Greenfields Farm in Colts Neck as the property of Dennis Drazin and Jayeff B Stable. Another son of Mr. Prospector, 6-year-old Mr. Nugget is out of Korveya, who sold for a record-equaling $7 million as a broodmare in 1998. Korveya has produced three classic winners, two of them champions, when bred to Mr. Prospector's sons. Hector Protector, one of Japan's leading sires, won 9 of 10 starts and was named highweighted 2-year-old in France. Bosra Sham, the top 3-year-old filly and older mare in England, captured the Group 1 1000 Guineas Stakes. Mr. Nugget's stud fee is $1,000, or free to approved mares or in exchange for a contribution to the New Jersey ThoroPac.
Colonial Farms in Colts Neck is now home to Sailor's Warning, a 6-year-old son of Storm Cat from the family of legendary broodmare Grey Flight. Bred and raced by Ogden Mills Phipps, Sailor's Warning earned $198,610 and was third in the Grade 2 Tom Fool Handicap at Belmont. Out of Grade 2 Comely Stakes winner Private Light (by Private Account), Sailor's Warning stands for $3,500.
The Stallion Company, the same group headed by Donna Hayes, who brought Lost Code to Virginia a year ago then lost him to a heart attack at the start of the breeding season, was in search of another high-profile stallion. It achieved that goal when it secured Housebuster, the most accomplished stallion to move to the Mid-Atlantic region in 2002.
Standing at Blue Ridge Farm in Upperville, Housebuster returns to the states after residing in Japan the past three years. A two-time Eclipse Award winning sprinter, Housebuster ranks as the leading Virginia sire of 2001, with a combination of international earnings exceeding $2.2 million.
Housebuster began his career in Kentucky and shuttled the off season to Australia before heading to Japan. The sire of more than two dozen stakes winners, his six last year included top U.S. 2-year-old Buster's Daydream, Irish Group winner Bahamian Pirate, and Morluc, winner of the Grade 3 Aegon Turf Sprint at Churchill Downs. Housebuster won 15 of 22 starts (14 of them stakes), captured three Grade 1 races - the Vosburgh, Jerome, and Carter - and earned $1,229,696. A 15-year-old son of Mt. Livermore-Big Dreams, by Great Above, Housebuster has a pedigree free of Northern Dancer or Bold Ruler blood. He stands for $7,500.
Albemarle Stud in Free Union is now home to Expelled, a Grade 1 winner whose oldest foals are now yearlings. Owned by a partnership that includes his breeder, Juddmonte Farms, 10-year-old Expelled stands for $5,000. By Explodent out of Social Lesson, by Forum, Expelled is a full brother to millionaire Exbourne and a half-brother to Top Socialite and to the dam of Affirmed Success. A winning 2-year-old in France, Expelled won the Grade 1 Eddie Read Handicap in the U.S. and retired with earnings of $406,188. Expelled's six sales weanlings last year averaged $26,000.
Larry Johnson has brought Prospect Bay, a 10-year-old son of Crafty Prospector, to stand at his Legacy Farm in Bluemont. Prospect Bay previously stood at Vinery in Kentucky. A top sprinter who was never off the board in seven starts, Prospect Bay accounted for the Grade 2 A Phenomenon Stakes at Saratoga, which he won in 1:08.20, just a tick off the track record, while defeating Honour and Glory. A half-brother to another talented sprinter, millionaire Caller One, Prospect Bay descends from the female line of Grey Flight. From his first two crops of racing age, he has sired stakes winner Trion Georgia. Prospect Bay stands for $2,500 live foal.
Multiple graded stakes winner Testafly begins his stud career at Horseshoe Hill Farm in Ashland. A son of Deputed Testamony out of Far to Fly, by U.S. Flag, Testafly earned $413,116. He stands for $2,000 live foal.
Virginia gains another stakes-winning son of Mt. Livermore with the addition of One More Power, who has begun his first full season at East Field in Rockbridge Baths. Out of the graded stakes-winning mare Clever Power, 9-year-old One More Power is a half-brother to Dixie Power from the same family as Clever Trick and Secret Odds. His stud fee is listed as private contract.