01/24/2014 5:01PM

Three classic winners highlight new Kentucky sires for 2014

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Barbara D. Livingston
Kentucky Derby winner Orb returns to his birthplace, Claiborne Farm in Paris, Ky., to begin his stud career. He is one of three classic winners entering stud in Kentucky in 2014.

In many ways, Orb is back where he started – literally and figuratively.

The son of Malibu Moon was foaled and raised at Claiborne Farm in Paris, Ky., and headed out into the world needing to prove himself among the other 28,259 Thoroughbreds foaled in North America in 2010.

Orb returns to Claiborne among the most celebrated members of his generation after splashing home on a sloppy track at Churchill Downs to become the first Kentucky Derby winner for the Phipps and Janney families.

Yet as he takes up residence in the Claiborne stallion barn – which once housed the likes of Nasrullah, Bold Ruler, Mr. Prospector, and Danzig – Orb once again  must prove himself. This time, the challenge is to prove that he can pass on his talents to the next generation.

Orb is one of three classic winners who lead the new Kentucky sires for 2014. Preakness Stakes winner Oxbow enters stud at Taylor Made Farm in Nicholasville, while Animal Kingdom, the winner of the 2011 Kentucky Derby, shuttles to Darley’s American base at Jonabell Farm in Lexington.

Animal Kingdom began his stallion career during the Southern Hemisphere breeding season at Arrowfield Stud in Australia.

The three arrive on the scene at a time when new sires appear in vogue in a resurgent market.

“I do think people are kind of coming back to new sires,” Travis White, stallion nominations manager for Taylor Made, said. “If you look back at the yearling sales [last fall], horses like Blame, Eskendereya, their first crop all sold very, very well. [The 2013 first-crop sires are] good-looking horses who were great racehorses. I think the market a few years back kind of shifted more toward proven stallions, but I do think it’s kind of swinging back more toward new horses.”

Animal Kingdom, at $35,000, is this season’s most expensive new North American sire. Orb will stand for $25,000, while Oxbow is priced at $20,000. Claiborne bloodstock manager Bernie Sams said pricing new sires properly is key.

“If they’re priced competitively, then you’ll be able to pick and choose through a reasonable number of mares to give them a chance with their first crop,” Sams said. “If they’re priced too high, you’ll struggle getting mares to them. Right now, the demand for [Orb] has been very good. We’ve been able to pick and choose through a lot of nice mares.”

Orb won the Fountain of Youth Stakes and the Florida Derby to establish himself as the favorite for the Kentucky Derby, which he won by 2 1/2 lengths. The colt never won again but did finish third in the Belmont and Travers stakes before being retired.

“Orb is very pretty; he’s put on some weight since he’s been here and is starting to fill out,” Sams said. “He’s a nice overall individual. Plus, he could run.”

In addition to winning the Kentucky Derby, the versatile Animal Kingdom was a dominant winner of the 2013 Dubai World Cup on a synthetic surface and was multiple Grade 1-placed on turf, including a runner-up effort to two-time reigning Horse of the Year Wise Dan in the 2012 Breeders’ Cup Mile while returning from a long layoff.

“He was a horse that [Darley owner Sheikh Mohammed al-Maktoum] had a particular interest in because of the plans of coming to Dubai, and it certainly all worked out with the win over there in the World Cup, and the way he did it was very impressive,” Charlie Boden, Darley’s head of sales in America, said.

Animal Kingdom was well received in Australia, with his first book that includes two-time champions Alinghi and Miss Finland as well as the dam of Australian Horse of the Year Weekend Hussler. The stallion is a son of Brazilian-bred turf champion Leroidesanimaux, while his Group 3-winning dam is by two-time German Horse of the Year and leading sire Acatenango. His pedigree provides a solid outcross.

“Our pedigrees over the years have gotten more speed in them in America,” Boden said. “Obviously, this is a classic-distance horse, and stamina would be the moniker you’d put on him as an expected influence.”

The gritty Oxbow rebounded from a sixth-place effort in the Derby with a front-running win in the Preakness Stakes. He was a creditable second in the Belmont. The Awesome Again colt sustained an ankle injury while finishing fourth in the Haskell Invitational in his final start.

“He won the Preakness with a 106 Beyer [Speed Figure], which ended up being the fastest of any Triple Crown race,” White said.

In addition to their classic winners, Claiborne, Darley, and Taylor Made each adds a Grade/Group 1-winning son of another prominent stallion in the operation. Claiborne will stand the turf star Data Link, another Janney homebred. The horse is among the first sons at stud by Claiborne’s popular young sire War Front.

Joining sire Lonhro as a shuttle stallion from Darley Australia was Denman, who will stand his first Kentucky season at Jonabell. The horse is the sire of three winners, including stakes winner Law, from his first five runners through last Tuesday, leading to strong interest in his yearlings at recent Australian sales.

Boden said standing a young stallion alongside his sire gives farms and breeders additional flexibility.

“We have more demand for Lonhro than we have capacity for Lonhro,” Boden said. “It’s a fairly easy redirect for a breeder interested in breeding to an Australian star like Lonhro to be able to say, ‘Well, I don’t have any more seasons in Lonhro, but here’s a very exciting son at half the price.’ ”

Taylor Made’s flagship sire Unbridled’s Song died last July. The popular stallion had developed a reputation as a sire of sires, and Taylor Made adds another for 2014 in Grade 1 Donn Handicap winner Graydar.

“[Graydar’s female family is] free of a lot of the stuff that’s worked with Unbridled’s Song,” White said. “You have a lot of options with him. [Unbridled’s Song] bred so many Storm Cat-line mares, but with a lot of those stallion prospects, you couldn’t go back to that line. It’s nice to see one out of a line that wasn’t really common.”

Grade 3 winner Awesome Patriot, a full brother to Oxbow, is among four new stallions at Spendthrift Farm’s Kentucky base. The operation, which has helped launch the careers of its young sires through its popular “Share the Upside” incentive program, also has three new regional sires for 2014.

Among Spendthrift’s new Kentucky stallions is the hard-knocking Flat Out (by Flatter), who won three Grade 1 events and earned more than $3.6 million while racing from ages 2 to 7.

Also making a splash this season are WinStar Farm and Adena Springs, which each welcome several Grade 1 winners.

Overanalyze (Dixie Union), Paynter (Awesome Again), and Take Charge Indy (A.P. Indy) enter stud at WinStar in Versailles. Paynter, whose comeback from illness captivated racing fans in 2013, is out of a full sister to WinStar’s perennial leading sire Tiznow as well as to the dam of Oxbow and Awesome Patriot.

Take Charge Indy added luster Jan. 18 when half-brother Will Take Charge earned the Eclipse Award as champion 3-year-old male. Both are out of multiple Grade 1 winner Take Charge Lady.

Adena, in Paris, welcomes 2012 Breeders’ Cup Classic winner Fort Larned (E Dubai) and two-time Eclipse finalist Point of Entry (Dynaformer). Between them, they captured eight Grade 1 events.

Shanghai Bobby, who went unbeaten in 2012 to earn champion 2-year-old male honors, enters stud at Coolmore’s American base, Ashford Stud in Versailles. He is by the late Harlan’s Holiday, whose sons include breakout young sire Into Mischief.

Breeders’ Cup Juvenile winner New Year’s Day (Street Cry), forced into retirement by an injury in December, heads a trio of Grade 1-winning juveniles who enter stud at Hill ‘n’ Dale Farms in Lexington, along with Violence (Medaglia d’Oro) and Power Broker (Pulpit).

California

Richard’s Kid (Lemon Drop Kid) and Smiling Tiger (Hold That Tiger), multiple Grade 1 winners in California, highlight the state’s new stallions for 2014.

The rugged Richard’s Kid won back-to-back editions of the Pacific Classic and took four other graded stakes while earning more than $2.4 million. The Del Mar track record holder makes his stallion debut at Magali Farms in Santa Ynez.

Smiling Tiger, standing at Premier Equine Center in Oakdale, was among the nation’s leading sprinters during 2010-12, recording Grade 1 scores in the Bing Crosby Stakes, Triple Bend Handicap, and Ancient Title Stakes. He is a half-brother to She’s a Tiger, recently named champion 2-year-old filly of 2013.

New York

Champion Trinniberg (Teuflesberg), winner of the 2012 Breeders’ Cup Sprint, enters stud at Rockridge Stud in Hudson. He captured four graded stakes, all sprints, and placed in four others.

Spendthrift and Darley both expand their regional presence with new sires in the state. Spendthrift will stand Grade 1 winner The Lumber Guy (Grand Slam), New York’s 2012 Horse of the Year, at Keane Stud. Grade 1 winner Emcee (Unbridled’s Song) enters stud at Sequel Stallions for Darley.

Florida

Florida’s stallion market gets a major boost with the launch of Pleasant Acres Stallions. The roster is made up primarily of new sires, including Grade/Group 1 winners Passion for Gold (Medaglia d’Oro), Poseidon’s Warrior (Speights-town), and Treasure Beach (Galileo).

Wrote (High Chaparral), the winner of the 2011 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf; fellow Grade 1 winner Turbo Compressor (Halo’s Image); and Grade 2 winner Duke of Mischief (Graeme Hall) begin their stud careers at Northwest Stud in Ocala.
Another get for the state is the versatile Soldat (War Front). A graded stakes winner on turf and dirt, he enters stud at Woodford Thoroughbreds near Ocala.

International

After coming to the U.S. to run a close third in the Breeders’ Cup Classic, Declaration of War (War Front) returns to Europe to enter stud at Coolmore’s Irish headquarters. Last year, the horse captured the Queen Anne Stakes and Juddmonte International to establish himself among the top runners in Europe.

Also entering stud for Coolmore in Ireland is three-time classic winner Camelot (Montjeu), who in 2012 finished three-quarters of a length short of becoming the first English Triple Crown winner since 1970.

Three-time Group 1 winner Al Kazeem (Dubawi) leads the stallions retiring to stud in England this year, heading to The Royal Studs. Among the mares in his first book is two-time Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint winner Mizdirection.

Other high-profile Group 1 winners entering stud in Europe include Dawn Approach (New Approach) and Reckless Abandon (Exchange Rate) at Kildangan Stud in Ireland; Farhh at Dalham Hall Stud in England; and Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf winner George Vancouver (Henrythenavigator), at Haras de La Hetraie in France.

Japan’s 2011 Horse of the Year Orfevre (Stay Gold) enters retirement off an eight-length win in last month’s Arima Kinen, his sixth Group 1 victory. The two-time Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe runner-up enters stud at Shadai Stallion Station on the island of Hokkaido, which also adds multiple Group 1 winner Novellist (Monsun) to its 2014 roster.

Dubai World Cup winner Monterosso (Dubawi) will stand his first season at Darley’s Japanese base on Hokkaido.

NEW STALLIONS IN NORTH AMERICA IN 2014 (STUD FEE $1,500+)

STALLION  ... YEAR OF BIRTH, SIRE ... 2014 FARM ... 2014 STUD FEE

ALABAMA

He’s So Chic....... 2004, Jump Start....... Flying P Ranch ...................  5,000

CALIFORNIA                                           

Smiling Tiger ....... 2007, Hold That Tiger Premier Equine Center ..........  5,000

Richard’s Kid ...... 2005, Lemon Drop Kid ................ Magali Farms ... 4,500

Champ Pegasus .. 2006, Fusaichi Pegasus .... Legacy Ranch ... 3,500

Ultimate Eagle .... 2008, Mizzen Mast .... Special T Thoroughbreds .......  3,500

Indian Evening .... 2009, Indian Charlie .. Victory Rose Thoroughbreds ..  3,000

Make Music for Me ... 2007, Bernstein .... Brazeau Thoroughbred Farms .... 2,500

Uh Oh Bango ...... 2007, Top Hit ........... E. A. Ranches .....................  2,500

World Renowned . 2008, A.P. Indy ........ Brazeau Thoroughbred Farms.. 2,500

Hoorayforhollywood .... 2008, Storm Cat .... Milky Way Farm .... 2,000

Gig Harbor .......... 2008, City Zip .......... Victory Rose Thoroughbreds ..  1,500

Hidden Blessing .. 2006, Orientate ......... Fruitful Acres Farm ...............  1,500

FLORIDA                                

Treasure Beach.... 2008, Galileo ............ Pleasant Acres Stallions ......  10,000

Rattlesnake Bridge .. 2008, Tapit ... Hartley/De Renzo Thoroughbreds .... 7,500

Poseidon’s Warrior .. 2008, Speightstown ... Pleasant Acres Stallions ..... 6,500

Brethren ............. 2008, Distorted Humor ...... Journeyman Stud .... 6,000

Doctor Chit ......... 2009, War Front ....... Hartley/De Renzo Thoroughbreds ... 6,000

Passion for Gold .. 2007, Medaglia d’Oro . Pleasant Acres Stallions ........  5,000

Prospective ........ 2009, Malibu Moon .... Ocala Stud Farm ..................  5,000

Soldat ................ 2008, War Front ....... Woodford Thoroughbreds .......  5,000

Winslow Homer ... 2007, Unbridled’s Song ........ Journeyman Stud  ....5,000

City Wolf ............ 2007, Giant’s Causeway ... Pleasant Acres Stallions ... 4,000

Wrote ................ 2009, High Chaparral . Northwest Stud ....................  4,000

Currency Swap ... 2009, High Cotton ..... Woodford Thoroughbreds .......  3,500

Turbo Compressor... 2008, Halo’s Image .. Northwest Stud ....................... 3,500

Archwarrior ......... 2010, Arch ............... Hartley/De Renzo Thoroughbreds ... 3,000

Anthony’s Cross .. 2008, Indian Charlie .. Pleasant Acres Stallions ........  2,500

Beau Choix ......... 2007, Elusive Quality . Pleasant Acres Stallions ........  2,500

Duke of Mischief . 2006, Graeme Hall .... Northwest Stud ....................  2,500

INDIANA                                 

Heat Shimmer ..... 2009, Malibu Moon .... Indiana Stallion Station ..........  2,500

Smitty................. 2007, Menhal............ R Star Stallions at RichWine... 1,000

A. U. Miner ......... 2005, Mineshaft ........ Six Oaks Stable ...................... TBA

KENTUCKY                                             

Animal Kingdom .. 2008, Leroidesanimaux ........ Darley ................... 35,000

Orb .................... 2010, Malibu Moon..... Claiborne Farm ...................  25,000

Paynter .............. 2009, Awesome Again .. WinStar Farm...................... 25,000

Point of Entry ...... 2008, Dynaformer...... Adena Springs Kentucky ......  25,000

Oxbow ............... 2010, Awesome Again .. Taylor Made Stallions........... 20,000

Shanghai Bobby .. 2010, Harlan’s Holiday .. Ashford Stud ......................  20,000

Take Charge Indy .. 2009, A.P. Indy......... WinStar Farm...................... 20,000

Denman.............. 2006, Lonhro............. Darley ...............................  15,000

Fort Larned ......... 2008, E Dubai........... Adena Springs Kentucky ......  15,000

Graydar ............ 2009, Unbridled’s Song..... Taylor Made Stallions...... 15,000

Raison d’Etat ...... 2008, A.P. Indy......... Calumet Farm ....................  15,000

Violence ............. 2010, Medaglia d’Oro.. Hill ‘n’ Dale Farms ..............  15,000

Jimmy Creed ...... 2009, Distorted Humor........ Spendthrift Farm ........ 12,500

Justin Phillip ....... 2008, First Samurai.... Castleton Lyons .................  12,500

New Year’s Day .. 2011, Street Cry........ Hill ‘n’ Dale Farms ..............  12,500

Flat Out ............... 2006, Flatter ................... Spendthrift Farm ........... 10,000

I Want Revenge .. 2006, Stephen Got Even ..... Pauls Mill ................... 10,000

Liaison ............... 2009, Indian Charlie... Spendthrift Farm .................  10,000

Morning Line ....... 2007, Tiznow............. Lane’s End .........................  10,000

Overanalyze ........ 2010, Dixie Union...... WinStar Farm...................... 10,000

Power Broker ...... 2010, Pulpit............... Hill ‘n’ Dale Farms ..............  10,000

Alternation ........ 2008, Distorted Humor... Pin Oak Stud ..................... 7,500

Data Link ........... 2008, War Front........ Claiborne Farm ....................  7,500

Fast Bullet .......... 2008, Speightstown.... Pauls Mill ............................  7,500

Snapy Halo.......... 2004, Southern Halo .. Calumet Farm ......................  7,500

Swagger Jack ..... 2008, Smart Strike..... Millennium Farms .................  7,500

O’Prado Again ..... 2009, El Prado........... Darby Dan Farm ..................  5,000

Keep Up ............. 2007, Unbridled’s Song .... Mill Ridge Farm ............... 4,000

Awesome Patriot . 2008, Awesome Again .. Spendthrift Farm ..................  3,500

Kibbutznik ........... 2010, El Prado........... Stonewall Phoenix .................... 3,500

Hero of Order ...... 2009, Sharp Humor.... Raut Farm ...........................  3,000

LOUISIANA                                             

Big Band Sound ........ 2007, Bernstein ........ Gulf Coast Equine ................  2,500

Flashpoint ................ 2008, Pomeroy ......... Le Mesa Stallions .................  2,500

Bind .......................... 2008, Pulpit .............. Red River Farms ..................  1,500

See Cee’s Reason .....2009, Cee’s Tizzy ...... Traders Rest Farm ................ 1,500

MARYLAND                                            

Hunters Bay ....... 2007, Ghostzapper .... Adena Springs at Heritage Stallions ... 6,000

Buffum ............... 2008, Bernardini ........ Northview Stallion Station .................  3,500

Freedom Child .... 2010, Malibu Moon .... Country Life Farm ..............................  3,500

Despite the Odds 2006, Speightstown ... Heritage Stallions .............................  1,500

NEW YORK                                             

Emcee .............. 2008, Unbridled’s Song ......... Sequel Stallions New York ......... 7,500

Trinniberg ........... 2009, Teuflesberg ................ Rockridge Stud .......................  7,500

Forty Tales ......... 2010, Tale of the Cat ............ Sequel Stallions New York .....  6,500

The Lumber Guy . 2009, Grand Slam ................. Keane Stud Operations........... 5,000

Bridgetown ......... 2007, Speightstown ............. Questroyal North ..................  4,500

Heavy Breathing .. 2009, Giant’s Causeway ...... Dutchess Views Farm ........... 2,500

San Pablo ........... 2008, Jump Start .................. Rockridge Stud ....................  2,500

OHIO                                      

Kettle Corn ......... 2007, Candy Ride ............ Fair Winds Farm .........................  3,000

Alcindor............... 2007, Unbridled’s Song..... Byerpatch Farm........................... 1,500

Superestrella........ 2008, Storm Cat.............. Double D Farm............................ 1,500

Twinspired .......... 2008, Harlan’s Holiday .... Poplar Creek Horse Center........ 1,500

ONTARIO                                

Town Prize ......... 2009, Speightstown ... Mapleville Farms................... 4,692

Nephrite ............. 2009, Pivotal ............ Park Stud ............................  2,350

Nonios ............... 2009, Pleasantly Perfect ... Colebrook Farms Stallion Station         1,915

Riley Ripasso ..... 2007, Johannesburg .. Kinghaven Farms .................  2,337

PENNSYLVANIA                                     

El Padrino ........... 2009, Pulpit .............. Northview PA .......................  5,000

Doubles Partner .. 2007, Rock Hard Ten Diamond B Farm ..................  2,500

TEXAS                                    

Class Warfare ..... 2009, A.P. Indy ........ Key Ranch ..........................  1,500

It’s a Signer ........ 2008, Flower Alley .... Seven S Farms ....................  1,500

WEST VIRGINIA                                     

Our Entourage ..... 2009, Street Cry........ O’Sullivan Farms................... 2,000