07/15/2009 11:00PM

Strong Hope relocating to Florida


Strong Hope, a two-time Grade 2 winner and the sire of 2009 stakes-winner Trophy Collector, will relocate to Eugene Melnyk's Winding Oaks Farm in Ocala, Fla., for the 2010 breeding season.

Strong Hope has stood at Claiborne Farm in Paris, Ky., since 2005. His advertised fee this year was $15,000. Melnyk has not yet announced the 9-year-old horse's fee for 2010.

Melnyk raced Strong Hope, a Grand Slam horse, after paying $1.7 million for him at the 2001 Fasig-Tipton Saratoga yearling sale. Strong Hope won the 2003 Jim Dandy and Dwyer Stakes. He also placed in three Grade 1 races: the Travers in 2003 and the Carter and Metropolitan Handicaps in 2004.

His first crop are 3-year-olds this season. In addition to Trophy Collector, he also is the sire of 2009 stakes-placed runner Donttellmewhattodo. He is the sire of 24 winners from 49 starters to date.

Strong Hope is out of the Deputy Minister mare Shining Through and is a half-brother to Group 1 winner Bahamian Pirate.