03/13/2017 12:12PM

Major Gain moves to Nicks Farm in Indiana for 2017 stud season

Barbara D. Livingston
Major Gain won three of 21 starts during his racing career.

Grade 3 winner Major Gain will relocate for the 2017 breeding season to Nicks Farm in Sellersburg, Ind., where he will stand for an advertised fee of $1,500, with considerations to Indiana-foaling mares.

The 9-year-old son of More Than Ready entered stud last year at McMahon of Saratoga Thoroughbreds in New York. His first foals arrive this year.

Major Gain won three of 21 starts during his on-track career, including the Grade 3 Arlington-Washington Futurity; he earned $161,115 as a homebred for Gary and Mary West. He also finished third in the Grade 2 Kentucky Jockey Club Stakes.

Major Gain is out of Grade 3-placed stakes-winning Old Trieste mare Dream Lady, whose three foals to race are all winners. He is a full brother to multiple Grade 1 winner Room Service and a half-brother to Grade 2-placed stakes winner Oscar Party. The extended family includes Argentine classic winner Zapata and Grade 3 winner Lilly Capote.

William Austin Nicks of Nicks Farm said long-term agreements set during Major Gain’s time at McMahon of Saratoga would continue to be honored at his new location, including any benefits of shares or lifetime breeding rights that were purchased during his debut season.

Nicks Farm will also offer 50 percent of the Indiana stallion owner awards it receives on Major Gain foals to breeders who pay the full advertised stud fee.