12/30/2014 11:50AM

Linchpin, full brother to Quality Road, to Gibson Thoroughbred Farm in Washington


Linchpin, a full brother to multiple Grade 1 winner and young sire Quality Road, will stand the 2015 breeding season at Gibson Thoroughbred Farm in Thorp, Wash., for an advertised fee of $1,000.

Linchpin, a 4-year-old son of Elusive Quality, was winless in two starts at age 3, trained by Larry Jones for owners Fox Hill Farm and The Six Horsemen LLC. He was a $650,000 purchase at the 2011 Keeneland September yearling sale as part of the record-breaking dispersal of the estate of Edward P. Evans.

Bred in Virginia by the late Evans, Linchpin is out of the unplaced Strawberry Road mare Kobla, whose two winners from four foals to race include four-time Grade 1 winner Quality Road, who was a leading freshman sire in 2014. His second dam is Grade 2 winner Winglet, who is the pivot point for such runners as champion Ajina and multiple Grade 3 winner Rob’s Spirit.

Special consideration will be given to black-type mares sent to Linchpin, and breeders will receive a half-price discount for sending a second mare to the stallion.