01/10/2013 5:06PM

Songandaprayer relocates to Louisiana for stud duty

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Veteran sire Songandaprayer, who led all North American sires with 179 winners in 2012, will stand the 2013 breeding season at Harold Forman’s The Stallion Station at Copper Crowne near Opelousas, Louisiana. His fee is $6,000 when the foal stands and nurses, or $5,000 payable on Nov. 15 of the year bred.

Songandaprayer, a 15-year-old son of Unbridled’s Song, will stand for a syndicate managed by Forman. The deal was brokered by Schumer Bloodstock and Bradley Thoroughbreds. He previously stood at Walmac Farm in Lexington, Ky., for $6,500.

Songandaprayer finished 2012 ranked 23rd on the general sire list with $6,180,024 in progeny earnings, which would have led Louisiana’s general sire list by more than $2.5 million. His top earner in 2012 was Reveron, who won the Gulfstream Park Derby and finished second in the Grade 1 Florida Derby.

Overall, Songandaprayer has sired 465 winners and 30 stakes winners from 780 foals age three and up, with progeny earnings of more than $32.3 million.

Out of the winning Premiership mare Alizea, Songandaprayer is a half-brother to stakes winners Lifeisawhirl and Island Emperor. A $1 million purchase at the 2000 Fasig-Tipton Florida sale of selected 2-year-olds in training by co-owner and former professional basketball player Bobby Hurley, Songandaprayer won three of eight starts and earned $380,480, highlighted by his win in the 2001 Grade 1 Fountain of Youth Stakes.