10/15/2013 2:37PM

Pleasant Acres Stallions in Florida to stand Treasure Beach, Poseidon’s Warrior

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Treasure Beach (outside), shown winning the Grade 1 Secretariat Stakes at Arlington Park, becomes the first son of elite international sire Galileo to stand in Florida, at the new Pleasant Acres Stallions operation.

Grade/Group 1 winners Treasure Beach and Poseidon’s Warrior will highlight the stallion roster in the inaugural season for Pleasant Acres Stallions in Marion County, Fla. Joe and Helen Barbazon of Morriston, Fla., are launching the new stallion center near their existing Pleasant Acres Farm operation.

“It is our goal to bring both Florida breeding and racing to the forefront of our industry,” Helen Barbazon said. “Therefore, we felt now was an optimum time to bring top-class stallions to the state. Joe and I have wanted to build a premier stallion facility for years and decided that 2014 was the right time with the market upswing.”

Both Treasure Beach, by internationally-prominent sire Galileo, and Poseidon’s Warrior, by sprint champion Speightstown, are the first stallions by their respective sires to stand in Florida. Fees will be announced at a later date.

Irish Derby winner Treasure Beach successfully invaded North America to win the Grade 1 Secretariat Stakes and record two additional top-level placings in the Grade 1 Canadian International Stakes and Joe Hirsch Turf Classic Invitational. The 5-year-old retires with earnings of $2,435,343.

Out of the winning Mark of Esteem mare Honorine, Treasure Beach is a half-brother to stakes placed winner Elidor. It is the family of group stakes winner Indian Creek.

Poseidon’s Warrior scored his biggest victory in the Grade 1 Alfred G. Vanderbilt Handicap at Saratoga Race Course in 2012 and followed that up by finishing third in the Grade 1 Vosburgh Stakes. The 5-year-old concluded his career with seven wins from 21 starts for earnings of $701,147.

Out of the winning Smarten mare Poised to Pounce, Poseidon’s Warrior is a half-brother to stakes winner Play Bingo; stakes winner and producer Quick ‘n Smart; and stakes-placed Rhythm Master.

Michelle Hemingway, an equine consultant for the Hilton Hotel in Ocala, Fla., will serve as director of bloodstock for Pleasant Acres.

“Treasure Beach and Poseidon’s Warrior bring real sire power to our state,” Hemingway said. “Galileo’s progeny have been lighting up the sale rings all over the world and there is not a hotter sire in America than Speightstown. It is incredibly exciting to manage these horses in their first year at stud.”