10/12/2015 7:34PM

Lea to stand at Claiborne Farm upon retirement


Grade 1 winner Lea will stand the 2016 breeding season at Claiborne Farm in Paris, Ky., after making his final start in the upcoming Breeders’ Cup Mile or Dirt Mile.

A stud fee will be determined for the 6-year-old son of First Samurai after his Breeders’ Cup start. Claiborne Farm co-owns the horse with Adele Dilschneider and stands his sire.

Trained by Bill Mott, Lea has won seven of 18 career starts for earnings of $2,182,398, highlighted by a win in the Grade 1 Donn Handicap in which he set the track record at Gulfstream Park for a mile and an eighth. He has also won two editions of the Grade 3 Hal’s Hope Stakes and a running of the Commonwealth Turf Stakes, and placed in the Grade/Group 1 Dubai World Cup, Stephen Foster Handicap, Woodbine Mile, and Donn Handicap.

“Lea has a great disposition, and he’s one of the coolest horses we’ve ever had in the barn,” Mott said. “He’s very effective on both surfaces. He’s fast enough to be top class at a mile, and he’s shown he can run with the best at nine to 10 furlongs. He’s an exciting horse to be around.”

Bred in Kentucky by Claiborne Farm and Dilschneider, Lea is the first foal out of the stakes-placed Galileo mare Greenery, whose three winners from four runners also includes multiple stakes-placed Heath. He is from the family of Grade/Group 2 winners Grassy, Lady in Waiting, and Welwitschia, and Group 3 winners Savannah Bay and Tremar.

Claiborne Farm also released the advertised fees for the rest of its 2016 stallion roster, headed up by leading commercial sire War Front.

The 13-year-old son of Danzig will stand for $200,000 during the upcoming breeding season, up from $150,000 in 2015. His top runners this season include Grade/Group 1 winners Jack Milton, Air Force Blue Grade 2 winner Departing, French Group 3 winner War Dispatch and Hong Kong champion Lines of Battle.

War Front’s sons are also beginning to make their presence known at stud, with young stallions including The Factor, Declaration of War, Data Link, and Soldat.

Flatter’s fee will rise from $20,000 to $30,000 for the 2016 season. The 16-year-old A.P. Indy horse has been led this year by Grade 2 winners Upstart and Classic Point, Grade 3 winners Kobe’s Back and Taris, and regional stakes powerhouses Lucy’s Bob Boy and Needmore Flattery

Blame will stand for $25,000 after previously being advertised at $20,000. The 2010 Breeders’ Cup Classic winner and 9-year-old son of Arch’s first runners are 3-year-olds of 2015, led by Grade 2 winner March, Grade 3 winners Far From Over and Onus, stakes winners Redstart and Exaggerated, and Grade 1-placed Chide and Blameitonthelaw.

Fees for all other stallions on the Claiborne roster will remain unchanged from their 2015 levels.