01/23/2018 10:36AM

Real Solution moving to Louisiana for 2018 breeding season

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Tom Keyser
Real Solution, winning the 2014 Manhattan Stakes, will stand for $5,000 at Blue Star Racing in Louisiana.

Real Solution, a Grade 1 winner, will move to Dex Comardelle’s Blue Star Racing in Scott, La., for the 2018 breeding season, where he will stand for an advertised fee of $5,000, with discounts for multiple and quality mares.

The 9-year-old Kitten’s Joy horse stands at Blue Star Racing on lease from owner Calumet Farm. He stood at Calumet in Lexington, Ky., last season for $5,000, and his first foals will be 2-year-olds of 2018.

Jak Knelman, Calumet’s director of stallions, said the farm decided to lease Real Solution because Big Blue Kitten, also by Kitten's Joy, joined the Calumet roster in 2017.

“We found that a lease to Blue Star would be the best option for Real Solution to attract the book of mares he deserves,” said Knelman. “The opportunity to participate in the Louisiana-bred program will give Real Solution a distinct advantage in the 2018 breeding season.”

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Real Solution won 5 of 15 starts for earnings of $1,374,175, highlighted by victories in the Grade 1 Arlington Million and Manhattan Stakes. He began his career in Italy, where he won the Premio Botticelli.

Real Solution also finished in the money in the Grade 1 Man o’ War Stakes, Joe Hirsch Turf Classic Invitational Stakes, and another edition of the Manhattan.

Bred in Pennsylvania by Ken and Sarah Ramsey, Real Solution is out of the winning Pulpit mare Reachfortheheavens, whose three winners from six runners also includes Grade 3-placed stakes winner Ava’s Kitten, a full sister to Real Solution.

He is from the family of champion Slew O’ Gold, Peruvian champion Tunelero, Belmont Stakes winner Coastal, and Grade 2 winners Lattice, Sign, and Vexed.

"We're thrilled with the opportunity to stand Real Solution here in Louisiana,” Comardelle said. “We believe he can be the type of stallion to set the foundation of what we want to build here at Blue Star and offer Louisiana breeders a tremendous opportunity being one of Kittens Joy's most accomplished sons at stud. We're honored to work with Calumet Farm as they have been one of the most iconic organizations in horse racing over the years."