09/14/2014 6:14PM

Super Ninety Nine to Country Life Farm in Maryland


Grade 3 winner Super Ninety Nine has been retired from racing and will make his debut at stud in 2015 at the Pons family’s Country Life Farm in Bel Air, Md.

The 4-year-old son of Pulpit will stand as the property of Spendthrift Farm and Country Life Farm. He will be offered in Spendthrift’s Share the Upside program, whereby mare owners who breed at a fee of $5,000 for the first two seasons earn a lifetime breeding right with no expenses. For those not participating in Share the Upside, Super Ninety Nine will stand at a live foal fee of $4,000.

Super Ninety Nine arrived at Spendthrift Farm on Sept. 11 and is available for inspection at the Lexington, Ky. farm through the end of the Keeneland September yearling sale on Sept. 21 before shipping to Maryland.

“The new breeder’s awards program in Maryland is attracting better mares,” said Spendthrift owner B. Wayne Hughes.  “We started Malibu Moon at stud with the Pons boys, and we bred good mares to him to get him going. We sent Malibu Moon’s son Freedom Child to stud there last year. 

“You don’t make stallions like Malibu Moon unless you support them early, and we will send a large draft of mares to Maryland,” Hughes continued. “We studied the Maryland-bred program and it’s a big incentive for us to make stallions with Country Life.”

Bred in Kentucky by Northwest Farms, Super Ninety Nine retires with three wins in eight career starts for earnings of $378,260. His resume is highlighted by a 11 ¼-length win in the Grade 3 Southwest Stakes and placings in the Grade 1 Santa Anita Derby and Grade 3 Hollywood Prevue Stakes. Bob Baffert trained Super Ninety Nine for the Tanma Corporation.

Super Ninety Nine is out of the unraced Unbridled’s Song mare Exogenetic who is the dam of five winners from as many foals to race, also including the multiple stakes winner Elusive Horizon.

“Super Ninety Nine is a very fast horse,” said Country Life’s Mike Pons. “He is by Pulpit, the sire of Tapit, and Pulpit is the grandsire of this year’s classics winner California Chrome. Pulpit is clearly a sire of sires. 

“Super Ninety Nine’s potential as a sire should be apparent to anyone familiar with Spendthrift’s Share the Upside program,” Pons continued. “Look what they’ve already done with Into Mischief and Warrior’s Reward. It’s a program that rewards breeders by giving them a piece of the stallion. It’s fun to be partnering with Spendthrift on this talented horse.”