02/05/2016 3:03PM

Stroud’s Lane Farm debuts with new stallions

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Barbara D. Livingston
Seek Again is one of three stallions at the new Stroud’s Lane Farm in Reddick, Fla.

Opening up shop as a stallion operation brings with it an undeniable degree of risk. Doing so with a trio of first-year stallions makes it that much more interesting.

Stroud’s Lane Farm in Reddick, Fla., will take on that bold task in 2016, standing Grade 1 winners Seek Again and Admiral Kitten, as well as multiple Group 2 winner Daddy Long Legs, all of which will make their debut at stud.

“The goal was to bring three really strong horses and help the Florida breeders so they don’t have to ship so many mares to Kentucky,” said Ryan Barbazon, the farm’s general manager and trainer. “If you’re going to start one up, you can’t bring as much horsepower to Florida as we did it with the first three.”

The stallion business is the latest extension of Ontario-based lawyer Murray Stroud’s Thoroughbred interests, which were perhaps best manifested by homebred Youcan’tcatchme, Canada’s champion female sprinter of 2013.

To see the entire 20-page New Stallions issue as a pdf, click here: http://static.drf.com/PDFs/breeding/2016/NewStallions.pdf

Starting without the security of a proven stallion on the roster to serve as a cornerstone can appear daunting in a state that had about half as many mares bred in 2014 than it did in 2007. However, Barbazon said he was confident he and Stroud had the staff and the roster in place to succeed.

“There’s always concerns,” he said. “Even though we’re confident in what we brought to the operation, it’s still an up-in-the-air market. There’s always risk to everything you do in the horse business, but we both believe that if you surround yourself with good people, good things will happen, and that’s what we’re going to stand by.”

Leading the way is Seek Again, a 6-year-old son of Speightstown who retired with five wins in 18 career starts and earnings of $942,926, highlighted by the Grade 1 Hollywood Derby and the Grade 2 Fourstardave Handicap. He will stand for a fee of $8,500.
The Juddmonte Farms homebred is out of the Grade 1-winning Danehill mare Light Jig, who also has produced Group 3 winner Treble Jig.
“When we did the press release, the first five calls were, ‘How did you pull that off?’ ” Barbazon said. “The female family is the best female family in Florida, and could be in the top 10 in Kentucky. The first five dams are black type and black-type producers. I think there are only five or six horses in the whole country who can even say that. He’s a well-bred horse by Juddmonte, so bringing him down here was a tall feat.”

Also taking residence at Stroud’s Lane Farm in 2016 is Grade 1 winner Admiral Kitten, a 6-year-old son of Kitten’s Joy from the family of champion Cozzene and Grade 2 winners Funistrada, Krisada, and Spring Venture.

Rounding out the newcomers is the 7-year-old Scat Daddy horse Daddy Long Legs, a Group 2 winner in England and the U.A.E. Each stallion will stand for $5,000.

Florida
Ocala Stud will stand Grade 1 winner The Big Beast (Yes It’s True) and Grade 2 winner I Spent It (Super Saver). Journeyman Stud in Ocala will introduce Grade 3 winner Fury Kapcori (Tiznow) and allowance winner Khozan (Distorted Humor), a half-brother to champion Royal Delta.

Multiple Grade 2 winner Amira’s Prince (Teofilo) is at Pleasant Acres Stallions, while Grade 2 winner Bahamian Squall (Gone West) stands at Double Diamond Farm. Chitu (Henny Hughes), a Grade 3 winner, will debut at Bridlewood Farm.

New York
Two stallions join the roster at Questroyal North in Stillwater: Grade 1 winner Golden Ticket (Speightstown) and multiple Grade 3 winner Majestic City (City Zip).

Keane Stud in Amenia, will stand a pair of newcomers, including Grade 2 winner Al Khali (Medaglia d’Oro). The farm also will stand Grade 1-placed Normandy Invasion (Tapit) for Spendthrift Farm.

Irish Hill Century Farm will introduce Grade 2 winner Zivo (True Direction), while McMahon of Saratoga Thoroughbreds will stand Grade 3 winner Major Gain (More Than Ready), and Rockridge Stud will stand Grade 3 winner Micromanage (Medaglia d’Oro).

Elsewhere, Waldorf Farm will stand Grade 2-placed stakes winner Japan (Medaglia d’Oro), and Grade 2-placed stakes winner Stephanoatsee (A.P. Indy) will stand privately at Sequel Stallions.

California
Rancho San Miguel in San Miguel stands Grade 1-placed stakes winner Rousing Sermon (Lucky Pulpit) and the unraced Curlin to Mischief (Curlin), a half-brother to multiple champion Beholder and the popular stallion Into Mischief.

Grade 2 winner Balance the Books (Lemon Drop Kid) enters stud at Special T Thoroughbreds for 2016. Also new to California in 2016 are Grade 3 winners Govenor Charlie (Midnight Lute) at Lovacres Ranch and Tigah (Dalakhani) at Fruitful Acres Farm.

Elsewhere in the state, Grade 3-placed stakes winner Boat Trip (Harlan’s Holiday) will stand his first season at Running Horse Equine Training Center, and placed runner Circumference (Galileo) will stand at Milky Way Farm.

Mid-Atlantic
Heritage Stallions in Chesapeake City, Md., will introduce two new stallions to the state, Grade 1 winner Imagining (Giant’s Causeway) and Grade 2 winner Bourbon Courage (Lion Heart).

Elsewhere in the state, Murmur Farm will stand Grade 2 winner Hangover Kid (Lemon Drop Kid), while multiple Grade 3 winner Golden Lad (Medaglia d’Oro) will stand at Northview Stallion Station.

Xanthus Farm in Gettysburg, Pa., will stand Xixixi (Maimonides), a half-brother to Horse of the Year American Pharoah, and the unraced registered white horse White Mercedes (The White Fox).

Pin Oak Lane introduced Grade 2 winner Last Gunfighter (First Samurai) to its roster for 2016, while multiple Grade 2 winner Pants On Fire (Jump Start) stands at Diamond B Farm.

Midwest
Three new stallions will stand in Indiana in 2016, with two of them residing at Swifty Farms in Seymour: multiple Grade 2 winner Blueskiesnrainbows (English Channel) and Grade 3 winner Pataky Kid (Rockport Harbor).

Elsewhere in Indiana, Nicks Farm will stand Brazilian Group 1 winner Holding Glory (Public Purse).
Hand Ride Stables in Ohio will conduct its first season as a stallion operation in 2016 with a newcomer on its roster, multiple allowance winner Suns Out Guns Out (Empire Maker).

In Michigan, Davidson’s Tracks-N-Time will stand multiple allowance winner City Zippin (City Zip).

Southwest
Louisiana gets two new stallions: Grade 2 winner Call Me George (Point Given) at Gulf Coast Equine, and allowance winner Speighter Man (Speightstown) at All Star Thoroughbreds. Raymer Farms in Oklahoma will stand winner Clark Kent (Unbridled’s Song), while Doubletree Farm in

New Mexico will introduce Grade 3-placed stakes winner Jake Mo (Giacomo).

Canada/International
A quartet of newcomers will enter the stallion ranks in Ontario, including Grade 1 winners Silver Max (Badge of Silver) at Adena Springs North and We Miss Artie (Artie Schiller) at Colebrook Farms Stallion Station.

Elsewhere in the province, Grade 2 winner Frac Daddy (Scat Daddy) will enter stud at Park Stud, while Grade 2-placed Conquest Curlinate (Curlin) will debut at Shannondoe Farm.

The marquee newcomer among new stallions in Europe is Gleneagles (Galileo), who stands at Coolmore Stud in Ireland after winning classics in

England and Ireland.
Outstrip (Exceed And Excel), the winner of the 2013 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf, will debut at Sheikh Mohammed al-Maktoum’s Dalham Hall Stud in England.