10/25/2014 3:08PM

Mr. Besilu, $4.2-million yearling, to stand in Texas


Mr. Besilu, who sold for $4.2 million as a yearling, has been retired and will enter stud at Eureka Thoroughbred Farm in Fredericksburg, Texas, for 2015. His fee has been set for $2,000, the farm announced on Friday.

Mr. Besilu is a 5-year-old son of A.P. Indy. He is the first foal out of Balance, a multiple Grade 1 winner of $1,048,491 and a half-sister to 2010 Horse of the Year Zenyatta. Mr. Besilu created a stir at Keeneland September in 2010, when Besilu Stables purchased the colt in what, according to a release, ranked as both the highest price paid for a North American yearling at auction since 2006 and a record yearling at auction for A.P. Indy.

Mr. Besilu was winless in seven starts, with his best efforts a pair of third-place finishes in maiden special weights at Gulfstream Park and Monmouth. The horse last raced on June 14, and finished fifth in a maiden special weight at Gulfstream. Following the start he had one published work, on July 29.

“He was on the racetrack for a very short time and was injured so that stopped his racing career,” said Bill Tracy, farm manager for Eureka.

Tracy said Mr. Besilu is due to arrive next Wednesday from Florida. He will start to be shown after the Keeneland breeding stock sale ends Nov. 14.

“We want to get him in here and get him acclimated here,” Tracy said. “He certainly has a tremendous bloodline to offer as a son of A.P. Indy and Balance, and of course, Balance is a half-sister to Zenyatta. I think there’s a lot of sizzle with him. This horse has the potential to be a big plus for the Texas industry and the entire Southwest.”

Mr. Besilu will join two other first-year stallions at Eureka, Expect a Lot and The Hunk, for 2015, said Tracy. Expect a Lot is an unraced full brother to Preakness winner Oxbow who will stand for $1,000. The Hunk is a stakes-winning son of Speightstown and a half-brother to Grade 1 winner Wildcat Heir. His fee has been set at $1,500.

Eureka is owned by Mike Grossman.