Updated on 09/17/2011 6:54PM

One big day boosts Awesome Again's fee


LEXINGTON, Ky. - Awesome Again, winner of the Breeders' Cup Classic at Churchill Downs in 1998 over Silver Charm, Swain, Victory Gallop, Coronado's Quest, and Skip Away, became the first Breeders' Cup Classic victor to sire a winner of the same race with Ghostzapper's success on Oct. 30 at Lone Star.

Awesome Again also joined the elite company of Cox's Ridge (Twilight Ridge and Life's Magic in 1985), Kris S. (Brocco and Hollywood Wildcat in 1993), Nureyev (Miesque and Theatrical in 1987), and Sadler's Wells (Islington and High Chaparral in 2003) as the only sires of multiple winners on the same Breeders' Cup card.

Awesome Again's second Breeders' Cup winner was Wilko, who upset the Juvenile. With the weekend's dual successes propelling interest in him, Awesome Again's stud fee has been raised from $75,000 this year to $125,000 for 2005.

Awesome Again stands at Frank Stronach's Adena Springs Kentucky. A farm representative noted that the significance of the stallion's Breeders' Cup winners, along with the fact that Awesome Again is a young horse at 10, encouraged the farm to take a more aggressive position with his stud fee.

Adena Springs also has played an important role in breeding Awesome Again's three Grade 1 winners. Ghostzapper is a homebred for Adena Springs; the farm advised on the mating that produced Wilko; and Adena Springs sold Cozzene's Angel at the farm's annual broodmare sale while the mare was carrying Toccet.

Earlier, Adena Springs had acquired the dam of Toccet, the stakes-placed Cozzene mare Cozzene's Angel, at The Meadowlands and then resold her in foal to Awesome Again at its sale in 1999. She produced Toccet for owner-breeder Dan Borislow in 2000, and the colt won the Grade 1 Champagne and Grade 1 Hollywood Futurity as a 2-year-old in 2002.

Consigned to Fasig-Tipton Kentucky's November select sale on Sunday, Toccet is part of the total dispersal of Borislow's stock and is consigned by Knockgriffin Farm, agent. After winning 6 of his 8 starts at 2, Toccet has not again won a graded stakes and has earnings of $926,387.

With not only his own early race record but also his sire's successes to heighten interest, Toccet could light some fireworks when he goes into the auction ring as the final lot of the Fasig-Tipton sale this week.

Wilko also will cause some excitement at the Tattersalls December mixed sale, since his dam, the Irish-bred Native Roots, is consigned to that auction in foal to the Kentucky-based stallion Street Cry, who ran third in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile in 2000. Nikolaus Bock purchased the mare for $22,000 from Ro Parra at the Ocala Breeders' Sales winter mixed sale in January in foal to Talk Is Money, and she produced a filly this year.

Parra had bought back the mare, while carrying Wilko, for $90,000 at the Keeneland January mixed sale in 2002. Wilko sold for $35,000 at the Keeneland November sale in 2002, then resold for $75,000 at the Keeneland September sale last year.

Wilko's success in the Juvenile has increased not only his own value but also that of his immediate family. Bock, the director of commodities for Goldenberg, Hehmeyer, and Co., sent Native Roots overseas to sell because "she has European breeding, and due to the fact that I was very high on Street Cry, who has European breeding, too. Since Wilko has won the Breeders' Cup, who knows what we will get for her."

Although Bock is selling the dam of a Breeders' Cup winner, he will retain a half-sister.

"I have a beautiful foal out of her," Bock said of Native Roots. "I bought this mare because I was very high on Talk Is Money, and now it turns out that the weanling is a three-quarter sister to Wilko. I will keep the filly, despite the phone calls I'm getting from all over the country."

Bock noted that one of his primary reasons for wanting the mare was her pedigree, which he felt was well suited to Deputy Minister. Both Talk Is Money and Awesome Again are sons of Deputy Minister, a champion racer and sire.

Although he died earlier this year, Deputy Minister is regarded as one of the eminent sires of stallions and broodmares in North America. Awesome Again holds pride of place among the sons of Deputy Minister just now, but the stallion also is represented by such young stallions as Touch Gold, Forest Camp, and Deputy Commander. Deputy Minister's older sons Silver Deputy and Salt Lake continue as well-respected sires of sales yearlings and competitive athletes.