12/02/2008 12:00AM

Top Argentine sire coming to Kentucky


Grade 3 winner Indygo Shiner, who sired this year's Argentine Derby, Oaks, and 2000 Guineas winners, will stand at Hill 'n' Dale Farm in Lexington, Ky., in 2009.

A 10-year-old A. P. Indy horse, Indygo Shiner stands in Argentina at Haras de la Quebrada during the Southern Hemisphere breeding season and is Argentina's leading sire with two crops to race.

He will stand for $7,500.

Indygo Shiner scored a rare double last month when his son Tecla Shiner and daughter Miss Match won the Argentine Derby and Oaks, respectively, on Nov. 15 in Buenos Aires. In September, another Indygo Shiner colt, Mi Amiguito, captured the Argentine 2000 Guineas.

Indygo Shiner is out of Navarra, a Grade 3-winning El Gran Senor mare who is a full sister to Juddmonte's great broodmare Toussaud, dam of Chester House and Empire Maker, among others. He won the Grade 3 Jefferson Cup Stakes in 2001 and placed in three other graded stakes, including Canada's Grade 1 Grey Breeders' Cup Stakes in 2000.

Summer Wind Farm, which bred Indygo Shiner, has retained a 25 percent share in the horse and will breed to him, according to Hill 'n' Dale owner John Sikura.

Sikura said Hill 'n' Dale has purchased the stallion's Northern Hemisphere breeding rights, but the private deal leaves open the possibility that Indygo Shiner eventually could remain in Kentucky if he proves successful in the Northern Hemisphere.

From three crops to race so far, Indygo Shiner has gotten seven graded stakes winners.