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Pennsylvania has 22 new stallions
Worries about the economy and the racing/breeding industry as a whole have not stemmed the optimism of stallion owners in Pennsylvania. With slots revenue contributing to record purses and growing opportunities, such as the creation of the Pennsylvania Stallion Series - a series of races for progeny of nominated sires - 22 new stallions were scheduled to stand in the state for 2009 as of the end of January. The number of new arrivals in Pennsylvania more than doubles the combined number of those to Maryland, New Jersey, Virginia, and West Virginia.
For many years, stallions with established records in other states have made the headlines when moving to Pennsylvania. But for 2009, a sizable number of exciting young prospects have made their way to the Keystone State.
Fairbanks standing at Northview PA
One of the biggest stories for the Pennsylvania breeding industry is the launching of Northview PA in Peach Bottom, an extension of Maryland's premier breeding establishment, Northview Stallion Station.
Under the same management as its Maryland counterpart, Northview PA is standing five stallions: two who previously stood at other farms in Pennsylvania (Partner's Hero and Congressionalhonor), two moving in from Northview in Maryland (Medallist and Love of Money), and first-year sire Fairbanks.
All five are graded stakes winners, with Fairbanks the leading earner on the roster. A graded stakes winner at 4 and 5, Fairbanks earned $879,768 from 19 starts and excelled at distances greater than a mile. A $1.85 million Saratoga sales topper as a yearling, Fairbanks, now 6, is a son of leading sire Giant's Causeway and a half-brother to graded winner Keats and graded-stakes-placed Grand Score. He stands his first season for $7,500.
Medallist is a top-class sprinting son of classic winner Touch Gold out of stakes-winning Santaria, by sprint champion Star de Naskra. A half-brother to 2008 graded winner Air Commander, Medallist's first runners will race in 2009. His stud fee is $5,000.
Love of Money, winner of the Grade 2 Pennsylvania Derby in 2004, has yearlings in his oldest crop. The son of leading Maryland sire Not for Love stands for $3,000.
Northview is offering a breeder assistance program to those breeding two or more mares to their stallions in either Pennsylvania or Maryland, with discounts of up to 30 percent off the advertised stud fees.
Four G1 winners at Penn Ridge
Mike Jester's Penn Ridge Farm also has a strong group of stallions for 2009. Located near the state capital of Harrisburg, Penn Ridge is home to four stallions, all Grade 1 winners. Champion Real Quiet was the farm's first stallion, taking up residence in 2008. Joining him this year are recent arrivals Cat Thief and Trust N Luck, as well as Delaware Township, who stood his first Pennsylvania season last year at Land of Believe Farm.
Moving Cat Thief to Pennsylvania gives Penn Ridge Farm the distinction of standing the state's leading sire. With five crops of racing age through his foals of 2006, his progeny earned in excess of $3.5 million in 2008, nearly a million more than second- and third-ranked Partner's Hero and Real Quiet.
Winner of the 1999 Breeders' Cup Classic, Cat Thief won or placed in 11 Grade 1 stakes during his career while earning more than $3.9 million. A son of Storm Cat out of graded stakes winner Train Robbery, he stands for $6,000.
A multiple stakes winner at 2, Trust N Luck captured the Grade 1 Fountain of Youth Stakes in 2003 and finished second to Empire Maker in that year's Florida Derby. He won or placed in seven stakes from 12 starts, earning $727,484.
A son of Montbrook, Trust N Luck only had two crops of racing age last year, but still had progeny earnings in excess of $1 million, enough to rank him 12th in the state. The 9-year-old stallion's stud fee is $2,000.
Pin Oak Lane adds three stallions
Dr. William Solomon's Pin Oak Lane Farm in New Freedom has added three young stallions to its roster: Santana Strings and Shark, each standing their first year, and Zavata, whose third crop will race in 2009.
Santana Strings was a graded stakes winner at 3 when taking the six-furlong, Grade 2 Amsterdam Stakes at Saratoga, and won or placed in 11 stakes during his 40-start career, earning $576,955. He is a son of the late Pin Oak Lane stallion Wheaton - Storm Cat's half-brother, by Alydar. Now 7, Santana Strings stands as the property of Millennium Farms for $2,500.
Pin Oak Lane has had a long association with Overbrook Farm, and Shark is the newest collaboration. A son of Danzig, 7-year-old Shark is out of Overbrook's champion filly Surfside. A daughter of Seattle Slew, Surfside is out of another Overbrook champion, Flanders. A stakes-placed runner on the main track and on turf, Shark stands for $3,500.
Zavata has moved to Pin Oak from Walmac Farm in Kentucky. A two-time graded winner and Grade 1-placed at 2, Zavata was a talented sprinter who added a victory in the Grade 2 Amsterdam Stakes at 3, earning $346,533 from 13 starts. In his first two crops, he has sired three stakes horses. Zavata, now 9, stands as the property of Dixiana Farm for $3,500.
* Dana Point Farm in Lenhartsville is the new home to Wiseman's Ferry, who captured the West Virginia Derby and Lone Star Derby in 2002 and earned $825,266 from 16 starts. Wiseman's Ferry is a son of Hennessy from the immediate family of top young sires Bernstein and Sky Mesa. With just two crops to race in 2008, Wiseman's Ferry had the earners of $1.4 million, topped by juvenile stakes winner Kick On. The 10-year-old's stud fee is $3,000.
* Two millionaires are standing their first seasons - Buzzards Bay and Weigelia.
Buzzards Bay, a son of Marco Bay, captured five stakes, including the Grade 1 Santa Anita Derby, Grade 2 Californian, and Grade 2 Oaklawn Handicap. During a career that spanned five seasons, he won seven races and earned $1,428,141 in 26 starts. The 7-year-old stands at Timber Ridge Farm in Felton for a two-tiered stud fee of $5,000, or $2,500 for mares foaling in Pennsylvania, and is free to stakes-performing or stakes-producing mares.
Weigelia, the first stallion to stand at Wyn Oaks Farm in Delta, earned $1,007,708 from 48 starts while racing from 2 to 7. An 8-year-old son of the Danzig stallion Safely's Mark out of stakes winner Turning North, Weigelia won eight stakes and placed in a dozen others. His stud fee is $3,500.
* Pennsylvania is also now home to three young sons of Storm Cat. Gulf Storm, out of graded winner Miss Turkana (by Turkoman), was Storm Cat's top-priced yearling colt of 1998, selling for $1.4 million at the Keeneland July sale. A stakes-placed winner of $194,747, Gulf Storm entered stud in Florida and has sired three stakes winners in his first two crops. He now stands at Maui Meadow Farm in West Chester for $3,000.
Five-year-old Draft Age is a full brother to stakes winners Cherokee, a group-winning juvenile in Ireland, and Art Museum, and is a half-brother to $589,930-earner Lil's Lad, winner of the Fountain of Youth Stakes and multiple Grade 1-placed. Draft Age is out of graded winner Totemic and stands at Davidovich Farm in Mt. Pleasant for $500.
One Great Cat, standing under the Walmac Pennsylvania banner at Regal Heir Farm in Grantville, is out of a full sister to Fusaichi Pegasus. Group-placed twice at 2 while racing in England and Ireland, One Great Cat is from the family that also boasts classic winner Pine Bluff and Grade 1 winner Demons Begone. He stands for $4,500 live foal, with a $1,000 discount to mares foaling in Pennsylvania.
* Walmac has also moved Eavesdropper from its Kentucky farm to Regal Heir Farm. A 9-year-old son of Kingmambo, Eavesdropper is a stakes-winning half-brother to Horse of the Year and leading sire A.P. Indy and classic winner and sire Summer Squall, out of broodmare of the year Weekend Surprise. Eavesdropper's stud fee is $5,000 live foal, or $4,000 for mares who foal in Pennsylvania.
* A.P. Indy is the sire of Xanthus Farms Inc.'s newest stallion, Barbican. Owned by Walter Downey's Tea Party Stable Inc., Barbican is out of multiple French group winner Colour Chart (by Mr. Prospector), who placed in three Grade 1 races in the U.S.
Stakes-placed Barbican is a full brother to Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies winner and 2-year-old filly champion Tempera and a half-brother to three additional stakes horses, including group winner Equerry. His second dam is Canadian champion Rainbow Connection, who produced five stakes horses, including Canadian champion Rainbows for Life.
Six-year-old Barbican stands for $3,000 to Pennsylvania-foaling mares, and for a private fee to outside mares.
* Gouldings Green, a five-time stakes winner of $682,493 by Horse of the Year Charismatic, is standing his first season at Mohns Hill Farm in Reinholds. Raced for five seasons, Gouldings Green accounted for back-to-back runnings of the Grade 3 Seagram's Cup, once in track-record time for 1 1/16 miles. Out of a daughter of Kentucky Derby winner Strike the Gold, Gouldings Green also placed in eight stakes, seven graded, in his 25 starts. The 8-year-old stands for $2,000.
* Fox Tale Stud in Coopersburg adds first-year sire Capitano to its roster. The 8-year-old son of Belong to Me returns to his home state, having been bred in Pennsylvania by Betty Moran's Brushwood Stable. Owned by Vicken and Suzy Meguerditchian, in whose colors he campaigned for six seasons, Capitano was a winner each year he raced, won four stakes, and placed in eight others, while amassing $576,894. A descendant of millionaire Sabin, Capitano stands for $2,500.
* Four-year-old Dixie Mon, a multiple stakes-placed juvenile by champion 2-year-old Maria's Mon, stands his first season at Northern Tier Farm in Lawrenceville for $2,500. He is out of a multiple stakes-producing Dixieland Band mare. His third dam is Kentucky Oaks winner Sun and Snow.
* Alex's Pal moves from Florida to Ghost Ridge Farm in York. A son of leading Texas sire Valid Expectations (by Valid Appeal), Alex's Pal is a three-quarter brother to multiple graded-stakes winner and successful sire Successful Appeal (by Valid Appeal). His dam, Successful Dancer (by Fortunate Prospect), a full sister to graded-stakes winner and sire Suave Prospect, also produced 2008 graded-stakes winner True to Tradition. Alex's Pal's first runners raced in 2008.
* Two members of the crop of 2005, Lord Z and Ode's Tribute, stand their first seasons at Whispering Spirits Stables in Cambridge Springs and Safe Haven Equine in Perkasie, respectively.
By Fusaichi Pegasus (by Mr. Prospector) out of a Secretariat mare, Lord Z is from the family of champion Afleet (by Mr. Prospector). He stands for $500.
A son of the Mr. Prospector stallion Mr. Nugget out of a Horatius mare, Ode's Tribute is from the family of Acorn Stakes winner Three Ring and millionaire Blazing Sword. His stud fee is $1,000.