05/15/2014 4:20PM

Midlantic stallions: E Dubai looks to keep momentum moving from Pennsylvania to Maryland


E Dubai, runaway leader of Pennsylvania’s sire list in 2012 and second to the late Rockport Harbor in 2013, has kept up his momentum after moving to Maryland for the 2014 breeding season. The 16-year-old son of Mr. Prospector tops the state’s general sire list through May 4 with more than $1 million in progeny earnings, over $150,000 ahead of Maryland’s stalwart sire Not For Love. Both stallions stand at Northview Stallion Station’s Maryland division in Chesapeake City, for $5,000 and $15,000, respectively.

Two-time Grade 2 winner E Dubai retired to Darley’s Jonabell division in Kentucky for the 2003 breeding season and moved to Ghost Ridge Farm in Pennsylvania for the 2011 season after being bought by Tarry Bratton. He then moved to Northview’s Pennsylvania division for 2012, and promptly enjoyed his best year at stud when his son Fort Larned captured the Breeders’ Cup Classic at Santa Anita. 

Fordubai, winner of the Louisiana Handicap at Fair Grounds in January with a 103 Beyer Speed Figure, is E Dubai’s only stakes winner this year. A 4-year-old Jim Tafel homebred, Fordubai has earned more than $350,000 in his career, and is in training with Greg Geier at Arlington for a summer campaign. He is out of the Unbridled mare Unaffordable and is a half-brother to stakes winner Fast Alex.

E Dubai’s leading earner for 2014, the 6-year-old mare My Donna Jean, has already won three starts in the claiming and starter allowance ranks at Aqueduct and earned $99,530. Overall, E Dubai has 39 winners through May 4, three more than another Northview Maryland stallion, champion Orientate. Fort Larned is E Dubai’s all-time leading earner with over $4.4 million. A Janis Whitham homebred who is out of a daughter of champion Bayakoa, Fort Larned provided some of racing’s best performances over the past two years, taking the Grade 1 Whitney Handicap at Saratoga and the Breeders’ Cup Classic in 2012 and the Grade 1 Stephen Foster Handicap in 2013. Now 6, Fort Larned stands his first season at stud this year at Frank Stronach’s Adena Springs in Kentucky for $15,000.

E Dubai is also represented by another son at stud, as millionaire and multiple graded stakes winner Desert Code stands at Harris Farms in Coalinga, Calif. 

Not For Love ranks second on the 2014 Maryland sire list with nearly $880,000 in progeny earnings, and couples with E Dubai to give regional breeders two potent sons of Mr. Prospector at their discretion. Not For Love’s legacy in the Mid-Atlantic is unassailable. He led the Maryland general sire list from 2003-11, and the 24-year-old gained national attention again this month as the broodmare sire of Kentucky Derby winner California Chrome.