12/22/2016 7:28PM

Rachel Alexandra's son Jess's Dream will stand at Ocala Stud


Jess’s Dream, the first foal out of 2009 Horse of the Year Rachel Alexandra, has been retired from racing and will enter stallion duty at Ocala Stud in Ocala, Fla. for an advertised fee of $5,000.

A 4-year-old son of Curlin, Jess’s Dream raced once, winning a 1 1/8-mile maiden special weight at Saratoga in a thrilling last-to-first effort as a 3-year-old in 2015.

He raced as a homebred for Stonestreet Stables, and was named after its late founder, Jess Jackson, who campaigned sire Curlin and dam Rachel Alexandra, who were both Horse of the Year winners. Kiaran McLaughlin was the trainer.

“Jess’s Dream truly had unlimited potential,” said McLaughlin. “He ran as good as a horse could run first-time out at Saratoga, and there’s no question he had top-class talent. We certainly didn’t see the best of him. The sky was the limit.”

Rachel Alexandra’s two foals to race are both winners, also including Grade 1 winner Rachel’s Valentina, by Bernardini. He is from the extended family of Grade 2-placed stakes winners Lotta Kim and Lotta Rhythm.

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“We’ve been standing stallions for a long time, and there hasn’t been a better-pedigreed horse in Florida than Jess’s Dream,” said J. Michael O’Farrell of Ocala Stud. “We are grateful to Stonestreet for the opportunity to stand another exciting stallion prospect. They have one of the best operations in the entire industry, and they do a fantastic job of supporting their stallions.

“We’ve had tremendous fortune together with Kantharos and making him into a leading sire, and I’m confident we’ll have success with Jess’s Dream,” O’Farrell continued. “Breeders are going to like him when they come out to see him.”

Jess’s Dream is now available for inspection by appointment at Ocala Stud.