12/01/2006 12:00AM

Questroyal adds Jade Hunter to 2007 roster


Questroyal Stud has strengthened its stallion roster with the addition of Jade Hunter for the 2007 breeding season.

A 22-year-old son of Mr. Prospector, Jade Hunter will stand at Liberty Stud in Ghent, N.Y., for a fee of $5,000 live foal under the management of Questroyal.

Jade Hunter is the sire of multiple champion and Horse of the Year Azeri, and has lifetime progeny earnings of more than $34 million.

Azeri, who was champion older female three times, was Horse of the Year in 2002 when she captured the Breeders' Cup Distaff.

"The addition of Jade Hunter makes the 2007 Questroyal Stud stallion roster the strongest ever," said Barry Ostrager, Questroyal's principal owner. "We now feature sons of Mr. Prospector, A.P. Indy, Storm Cat, Seattle Slew, and Forty Niner."

Jade Hunter won the Donn and Gulfstream Park handicaps in succession, defeating the likes of Crytpoclearance, Personal Flag, and Creme Fraiche. His stakes-winning dam, Jadana, by Pharly, is a half-sister to champion Monteverdi from a European family laced with group winners.

Mr. Prospector is a legendary sire of sires, with a list of successful sons that includes Woodman, Fappiano, Forty Niner, Gulch, Seeking the Gold, Miswaki, Gone West, Kingmambo, Conquistador Cielo, and Crafty Prospector.

Jade Hunter is the sire of more than 40 stakes winners, including Yagli, Stuka, and Diazo.

Yagli captured the Manhattan Handicap on turf, while Stuka won the Santa Anita Handicap and Diazo the Strub stakes.

Jade Hunter is also the sire of champion New York-bred female Best Friend Stro as well as Itaka, winner of the Empire Classic. Jade Hunter most recently stood at Hill 'n' Dale Farm near Lexington, Ky., where his 2006 fee was $7,500.

Other New York stallions to have sired champions include the late Phone Trick, who stood at Milfer Farm in Unadilla, N.Y., and What Luck, who stood in the early 1980's at Big E Farm in Riverhead, N.Y.

Phone Trick, a gifted sprinter by Clever Trick, was the sire of Favorite Trick, Horse of the Year and champion 2-year-old male of 1997, and Phone Chatter, the champion juvenile filly of 1993.

What Luck, a royally bred son of Bold Ruler, was a full brother to champion filly Queen Empress and to major stakes winner King Emperor.

What Luck sired What a Summer, the champion sprinter of 1977, and Ambassador of Luck, the champion older female of 1983.

New York-bred Kennyetto was the champion 3-year-old filly in some polls in 1907, when she captured the Alabama Stakes.

She was bred by the Sanford family, who stood her sire, Clifford, at Hurricana Stud in Amsterdam, N.Y.

Tomorrows Cat tops Questroyal roster

The top-priced Questroyal stallion for 2007 is Tomorrows Cat, the 11-year-old son of Storm Cat whose New York-bred son West Virginia is a multiple graded stakes winner and Grade 1-placed.

Tomorrows Cat stands at Metropolitan Stud for a fee of $7,500.

He is joined at Metropolitan by Roaring Fever, a 6-year-old son of Storm Cat whose first foals arrived this year. Roaring Fever stands for $5,000.

Also at Metropolitan is the Questroyal stallion Gold Fever, a 13-year-old son of Forty Niner who stands for $4,000 and is the sire of millionaires A Bit O'Gold and Gold Mover.

Questroyal has two sires at Liberty Stud in addition to Jade Hunter.

At $5,000 is Anasheed, a 6-year-old son of A.P. Indy whose first foals arrived this year. The veteran Fast Play, by Seattle Slew, stands for $3,500 and is the sire of Lucayan Prince, a champion in England and Ireland, plus graded stakes winners Fast Catch, Fire King, and Power Play.

All 2007 fees are for live foal, stand and nurse.

Sharp Humor retired to Kentucky

New York-bred Sharp Humor, winner of the Grade 2 Swale Stakes earlier this year and placed in the Grade 1 Florida Derby to eventual Kentucky Derby winner Barbaro, has been retired.

Bred by Patricia S. Purdy and owned by Purdadel Stable and WinsStar Farm, he won 4 of 10 races and earned $490,410.

Sharp Humor won the Bertram F. Bongard and Sleepy Hollow stakes as a 2-year-old.

He enters the stud at WinStar Farm in Kentucky, under the auspices of WinStar and Taylor Made Stallions.

A stud fee has not been announced for the son of Distorted Humor.