10/01/2015 4:03PM

Rock Fall to stand at WinStar Farm in 2016

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Barbara D. Livingston
Rock Fall (yellow cap) will enter stud next year at WinStar Farm.

Multiple Grade 1 winner Rock Fall, a leading contender for the Breeders’ Cup Sprint, will stand at WinStar Farm in Versailles, Ky., for the 2016 breeding season after completing his current campaign.

The 4-year-old son of Speightstown has won 7 of 8 career starts, never losing after his debut effort, for earnings of $749,180. His three most recent wins came in the Grade 2 True North Stakes, the Grade 1 Alfred G. Vanderbilt Handicap, and the Grade 1 Vosburgh Stakes, respectively. Todd Pletcher trains the colt.

“I am thrilled that our outstanding sprinter Rock Fall will enter stud alongside stablemate Carpe Diem at WinStar Farm for the 2016 season,” said owner Barbara Banke of Stonestreet Stables. “Rock Fall offers breeders the opportunity to capture his impressive physical, raw talent, consistent speed, and pure heart in future generations. He’s a first-season horse that should make everyone’s list.”

Bred in Kentucky by SF Bloodstock, Rock Fall is the first foal out of the Grade 2-placed stakes-winning Medaglia d’Oro mare Renda, whose two foals to race are both winners. He was a $250,000 purchase at the 2012 Fasig-Tipton Saratoga select yearling sale.

Rock Fall is from the family of Group 3 winner Husyan and German classic-placed Coqueteria.

“Speightstown is on the verge of exploding as a sire of sires with the high-quality colts he’s had, but Rock Fall is the one we’ve been waiting for to stand alongside his sire,” said WinStar Farm CEO Elliott Walden. “We love this colt, and everyone who’s been connected with Speightstown, including Todd Pletcher, has raved about how much Rock Fall reminds them of his sire. We are honored to have him, and I really believe he possesses every quality of Speightstown to replicate him as a leading sire for years to come.”