01/18/2011 6:38PM

Suave relocating to Vinery Florida


Multiple graded stakes winner Suave will relocate from Darby Dan Farm in Kentucky to Vinery’s Florida property, the two farms announced Tuesday.

The 10-year-old A.P. Indy horse will stand at Vinery Florida for $4,500, down from his previously advertised Darby Dan fee of $10,000.

The announcement said that Suave will fill a gap on the Vinery Florida roster left by leading freshman sire Congrats, who moved from Florida to Vinery’s Kentucky operation for the 2011 season. Suave has averaged 103 mares per year in four years at stud, according to the announcement. He is the sire of stakes winner Tlaquepaque and three stakes-placed runners last season from his first crop to run.

Darby Dan Farm owner John Phillips said the decision to accept an offer by Vinery Florida to relocate Suave came after “a very tight vote by the syndicate” that owns the stallion.

“Sure, we wanted to find another son of A.P. Indy, but the key was that any potential stud had to be positioned with serious racehorse prospects,” Vinery president Tom Ludt said.