02/14/2014 12:30PM

Ohio: Canadian champion finds success


Mobil and Lunarpal, recent additions to the Mapleton Thoroughbred Farm stallion roster, finished one-two on Ohio’s sire list by progeny earnings in 2013.

Mobil, a 14-year-old son of Langfuhr, was represented by 28 winners from 61 runners who earned a total of $1,583,548. He was the Buckeye State’s only stallion to reach seven figures in progeny earnings in 2013.

Mobil’s runners were led by Hobnobsnob, who won three of four starts in 2013, highlighted by a win in the Victoriana Stakes at Woodbine. Hobnobsnob, who earned $138,298 last year, joined Welloiledmachine and Hard to Be Humble among Mobil’s stakes winners for 2013. Mobil also had two stakes-placed runners in Canada.

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“He is by far, I feel, ahead and above any sire that’s proven in Ohio,” Dr. George Sikora of Mapleton Thoroughbred Farm said of Mobil. “Even going out into the Midwest, he stands alone in that respect.”

While Mobil led Ohio’s stallions by 2013 progeny earnings, he has yet to sire a crop as an Ohio-based stallion.

He and Lunarpal relocated to Mapleton Thoroughbred Farm in Polk for the 2013 breeding season, joining several additions to the state’s stallion assembly as Ohio’s racing and breeding segments continue to build on new revenue streams from expanded gaming. Their first Ohio-sired foals will arrive in 2014.

“When I saw that [Mobil] was going to be for sale [at the 2012 Keeneland November breeding stock sale], we actually contacted the owners and bought him privately before the sale because we wanted him in the worst way,” Sikora said.

Mobil previously stood at Schonberg Farm in Ontario, while Lunarpal came to Ohio from Le Mesa Stallions in Louisiana.

Mobil will stand for an advertised fee of $2,500 in 2014, but Sikora said the farm would offer a two-for-one deal for Ohio-registered mares.

The stallion has sired five crops ages 3 and up, with 77 winners of $7,242,325 through Tuesday. In addition to those previously mentioned, he is represented by stakes winners Mobthewarrior and Attitude Included as well as Canadian classic runner-up Mobil Unit.

Homebred in Ontario by Gustav Schickedanz, Mobil was Canada’s champion older male of 2004. He won 11 stakes races, including four Grade 3 events, and placed in the Grade 1 Atto Mile and in the Queen’s Plate. Mobil, who is out of the Naskra mare Kinetigal, retired with 12 wins in 29 starts for earnings of $1,877,136.

Lunarpal finished the year with 27 winners from 40 starters for progeny earnings of $876,877. His top earner was Mars Curiosity, who won four of five starts in 2013 for earnings of $92,050, and his leading runners included 2013 stakes-placed Secret Pal.

Lunarpal, who stands for $2,000, is out of the winning Quiet American mare Quiet Eclipse. He is a half-brother to three stakes winners, including classic-placed Grade 3 winner and young sire Astrology, by A.P. Indy.

On the racetrack, Lunarpal won four of six starts for earnings of $284,677. His résumé includes Grade 3 victories in the Bashford Manor Stakes and Kentucky Breeders’ Cup Stakes as well as a win in the Three Chimneys Juvenile Stakes, all at Churchill Downs.
Lunarpal has sired five crops ages 3 and up, led by stakes winners I Dare U Em and Full Rigged.