03/19/2015 8:30PM

Leading Maryland stallion Not For Love pensioned


Not For Love, a cornerstone stallion of the Maryland breeding program for close to two decades, has been pensioned from stud duty due to a reproductive hematoma.

Farm veterinarian Dr. Jayson Layfield advised Richard Golden, owner of Northview Stallion Station that the 25-year-old son of Mr. Prospector’s injury would take too long to heal at this point in the breeding season to consider going forward. He was standing for an advertised fee of $15,000 at the Chesapeake City, Md., farm, where he debuted at stud in 1996.

"Not For Love will set the bar in Maryland for all stallions standing there in the future," said Golden, who purchased the stakes-placed runner from Ogden Mills Phipps between his 4-year-old and 5-year-old campaigns. "We tried to give him another year or two with a very limited book but he sent us a message that we read loud and clear. He will now retire to his home that he has loved for the last 20 years."

Not For Love has sired 17 crops of racing age with 605 winners and total progeny earnings of more than $68.6 million. His reign of dominance among Maryland stallions has been historic, finishing his career as the state’s leading sire by lifetime progeny earnings and juvenile earnings. He is also the leading sire by winners on the state’s flagship Maryland Millions program, with 32 victories, including the featured Classic six times.

Not For Love finished atop Maryland’s general sire list by earnings 10 straight years, from 2003 to 2012, and finished the last two seasons at number two. He was the leading North American sire standing outside of Kentucky for eight consecutive years.

Almost as impressive was his seven-year run at the top of the state’s turf sire standings from 2006 to 2012. He has finished third or higher by turf earnings among Maryland sires every year since 2002.

Not For Love has sired 13 graded or group stakes winners, including Grade 2 winners Duckhorn and Love of Money. He is also the sire of millionaire Eighttofasttocatch, a 12-time stakes winner, including three editions of the Maryland Million Classic.

Not For Love also gained notoriety as the broodmare sire of 2014 Horse of the Year California Chrome. The dual classic winner was the first foal produced by Love the Chase.

A Kentucky-bred member of the vaunted Phipps family breeding program, Not For Love won six of 29 starts during his on-track career for earnings of $178,870. He raced his first three seasons for Phipps and trainer Shug McGaughey, highlighted by a third-place finish in the Bob Harding Stakes on the Monmouth Park turf at age 4. He was sold to Golden at the end of that campaign and later moved to the Maryland shedrow of trainer Graham Motion.

Not For Love is out of the Grade 1-winning Northern Dancer mare Dance Number, and is a full brother to Rhythm, the champion 2-year-old male of 1989, as well as Grade 3 winner and blue hen mare Get Lucky. His second dam is champion Numbered Account.

Though he debuted in a regional market, Not For Love quickly gained national attention at stud with Maryland-bred La Salle Street, a colt from his first crop, selling for $2 million at the 1999 Keeneland April 2-year-olds in training sale.