11/05/2013 4:19PM

Speightstown's fee boosted to $80,000 for 2014


WinStar Farm released its 2014 stallion roster and fees on Tuesday, with the Versailles, Ky., farm’s 23-stallion roster led by Distorted Humor and Speightstown.

Stalwart sire Distorted Humor will again stand for $100,000, leading WinStar’s roster. Meanwhile, the farm has boosted Speightstown’s 2014 fee from $60,000 to $80,000. The latter, a 15-year-old Gone West horse and champion sprinter in 2004, is represented by  21 Northern Hemisphere stakes winners to date in 2013, led by Group 1 winner Reynaldothewizard and Grade 1 winner Dance to Bristol. He is currently ranked second on the North American general sire earnings list.

Three other WinStar stallions will stand for increased fees in 2014: Artie Schiller (from $10,000 to $15,000); Colonel John (from $15,000 to $17,500); and Pioneerof the Nile (from $15,000 to $20,000). Artie Schiller currently ranks sixth on the juvenile sire list, while Pioneerof the Nile and Colonel John rank second and third, respectively, on the freshman sire list.

Five WinStar stallions will stand for decreased fees in 2014: Bellamy Road (from $20,000 to $17,500); Drosselmeyer (from $17,500 to $15,000); Kodiak Kowboy (from $6,500 to $5,000); More Than Ready (from $60,000 to $50,000); and Super Saver (from $20,000 to $17,500).

In addition to Distorted Humor, 11 of WinStar’s stallions have unchanged fees next year: Bodemeister ($30,000); Congrats ($35,000); Gemologist ($15,000); Hold Me Back ($6,000); Maimonides ($2,500); Sidney’s Candy ($15,000); Spring At Last ($15,000); Street Hero ($5,000); Tiznow ($75,000); and U S Ranger ($5,000).

WinStar has added three new stallions to its roster in 2014. Well-bred 2012 Florida Derby winner Take Charge Indy will stand for $20,000; 2013 Arkansas Derby winner Overanalyze will stand for $10,000; and fan favorite and 2012 Haskell winner Paynter will stand for $25,000. Paynter, a 4-year-old Awesome Again colt from the family of Tiznow and Oxbow, among others, retired after starting in last week’s Breeders’ Cup Classic.

“We couldn’t be more proud of the WinStar stallions and their continued success across the board, both on the racetrack and in the sales ring,” said WinStar president and CEO Elliott Walden. “WinStar remains focused on the future, and we’re thrilled to bring in three exciting stallions for 2014 that greatly complement our existing roster, as well as greatly complement the direction of our breeding program. It is our mission to continue to offer breeders top dirt pedigrees and top dirt performers that excel around two turns, and we believe Paynter, Take Charge Indy, and Overanalyze allow us to do just that.”

All fees are payable when the foal stands and nurses.