04/04/2017 3:06PM

Mid-Atlantic sire roster in transition

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Barbara D. Livingston
Well-bred Mosler enters stud in Maryland for 2017.

The Mid-Atlantic region has several growing state programs, but it also has a stallion roster in transition.

Many of the pillars of the past decade have exited the area’s stallion ranks due to death, pensioning, or relocation – the likes of Not For Love, Louis Quatorze, Smarty Jones, and Lion Hearted. This has left the market open for new stallions to establish themselves as the number of mares being sent to the area continues to climb steadily.

The wave of new stallions to the area is heaviest in Maryland, which sees at least five new residents for the 2017 breeding season.

The stallion with the highest fee among them is Mosler, a 6-year-old son of War Front who stands at Country Life Farm in Bel Air for $4,000. Mosler is a Grade 3-placed multiple stakes winner and a half-brother to multiple Grade 1 winner Contested.

Other new stallions to Maryland include Norumbega, a Grade 2-winning son of Tiznow who stands at Bonita Farm in Darlington for $3,000; Grade 3 winner Barbados, by Speightstown, who stands at Shamrock Farm in Woodbine for $2,500; Unfettered, a multiple-stakes-winning Rockport Harbor horse who stands at November Hill Farm in Chestertown for $2,500; and Heaven’s Glory, a Japanese-bred son of Tapit who debuts at Heritage Stallions in Chesapeake City for a private fee.

Pennsylvania’s new stallion ranks include Uncle Lino, a Grade 1-placed 4-year-old son of Uncle Mo who stands at Northview Stallion Station’s Pennsylvania division in Peach Bottom for $4,000.

Others making their debut in Pennsylvania include Peace and Justice, an allowance-winning son of War Front standing at Diamond B Farm in Mohrsville for $3,500, and Red Vine, a multiple Grade 1-placed Candy Ride horse who resides at Xanthus Farms in Gettysburg for $2,500.

O’Sullivan Farms in Charles Town, W.Va., debuts two stallions for the 2017 season, each at an advertised fee of $1,500. Grade 3 winner Declan’s Warrior is a son of Majestic Warrior, and Golden Years is a multiple-stakes-winning Not For Love horse.

Also debuting in West Virginia is Juba, a multiple-allowance-winning son of Tapit who stands at Taylor Mountain Farm in Charles Town for $1,500.