09/09/2016 8:22AM

Kantharos relocated to Hill 'n' Dale Farm for 2017

Barbara D. Livingston
Kantharos will stand at Hill 'n' Dale Farm in Kentucky next year.

Grade 2 winner Kantharos will relocate to Hill ‘n’ Dale Farm in Lexington, Ky., for the 2017 breeding season.

The 8-year-old son of Lion Heart previously stood at Ocala Stud in Ocala, Fla., where he was advertised in 2016 for $5,000. He debuted at stud in 2011 at Vinery Florida, then moved to Ocala Stud for the 2013 season.

"We are extremely grateful for the fabulous job both Vinery and Ocala Stud did in launching the stallion career of Kantharos, a proven young son of prominent sire Lion Heart,” Stonestreet Farm owner Barbara Banke said. “He was wonderfully managed and supported by Florida breeders who revealed him to be an important sire. We look forward to supporting Kantharos with very good mares from our broodmare band as well as buying mares specifically to breed to him."

Kantharos is the sire of three crops of racing age, with 63 winners and combined progeny earnings in excess of $5.5 million. His leading runners include Grade 2 winner Ancient Street and Grade 3 winners X Y Jet and Mr. Jordan. Earlier this year, X Y Jet finished second in the Group 1 Dubai Golden Shaheen on the Dubai World Cup undercard.

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Bred in Kentucky by Hedberg Hall, Kantharos went undefeated in three starts as a juvenile for owner Stonestreet Stables, earning $185,213. He won his debut at Churchill Downs by 11 3/4 lengths, then followed up with a 9 1/2-length victory in the Grade 3 Bashford Manor Stakes and a 7 1/4-length score in the Grade 2 Saratoga Special Stakes.

"Kantharos's rise to prominence has been nothing short of remarkable," Hill 'n' Dale president John G. Sikura said. "He was an exceptionally promising racehorse who has been siring very precocious, quality runners. An undefeated multiple graded stakes winner at 2, he won his three career starts by a combined 28 1/2 lengths."

Kantharos is out of the winning Southern Halo mare Contessa Halo, whose six winners from seven runners also include Grade 3 winner Ikigai, Grade 3-placed stakes winner Bonifacio, and Grade 2-placed Halo Nation.