10/30/2017 3:20PM

Two Airdrie Stud stallions have solid record heading into fall

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Barbara D. Livingston
Creative Cause is sending three foals to the Breeders' Cup from his first two crops.

The Jones family’s Airdrie Stud holds two gray aces heading into the fall, with Creative Cause sending up to three foals to the Breeders’ Cup from his first two crops, and Cairo Prince wrapping up a breakout debut yearling season at auction.

In both instances, the stallions benefitted greatly from the extensive support of farm owners Brereton and Elizabeth Jones’s broodmare band. All three of Creative Cause’s Breeders’ Cthat up pre-entries were bred or co-bred by the Midway, Ky.-based operation.

Bret Jones, Airdrie’s director of bloodstock services, said that has been Airdrie’s method of operation and that the farm made a commitment to support Creative Cause when it bought the horse from the Steinmann family.

“We said we’re not only going to stand him, we’re going to get behind him like we’ve never gotten behind, quite honestly, any stallion,” he said.

“We committed some of our best mares, and so far it’s paying off,” he said. “We feel like it’s a big thing for the team. We feel like we held up our end of the bargain, and we hope we get lucky come this weekend.”

Creative Cause, by Giant’s Causeway, debuted at Airdrie Stud in 2013 after becoming a Grade 1 winner and classic-placed runner for owner Heinz Steinmann. His first foals are 3-year-olds of this year, including Breeders’ Cup Classic hopeful Pavel.

Bred in partnership by Brereton Jones and WinStar Farm, Pavel will make his fifth career start in the Breeders’ Cup for owner Reddam Racing. His career trajectory has been a rapid ascent, including a victory in the Grade 3 Smarty Jones in his third start.

“The horse is pretty remarkable, to run in the Jim Dandy in his second race, win a graded race in his third, and run a big race in the Jockey Club Gold Cup in just his fourth start – now going into the Breeders’ Cup Classic,” Bret Jones said. “If he can pull that off, they need to write books about him.”

Creative Cause’s other pre-entrants are Grade 3-winning Juvenile Fillies Turf contender Significant Form and stakes-winning Juvenile Turf hopeful My Boy Jack. Both were bred by Airdrie and consigned by the farm at auction.

Meanwhile, a rising star in the stallion ranks for Airdrie is Cairo Prince, well-received with his first yearlings at auction, posting an average price of $138,279. The Pioneerof the Nile horse stands at Airdrie in partnership with Darley.

Cairo Prince’s yearlings found themselves on the shortlists of several high-end buyers, including a $500,000 colt that sold to Waves Bloodstock for a record price at the Fasig-Tipton New York-bred yearling sale. He had another colt top the Fasig-Tipton Midlantic fall yearling sale, going to Eisaman Equine for $330,000.

However, Cairo Prince’s most expensive yearling of the season was a colt that sold to Shadwell for $900,000 at the Keeneland September yearling sale.

“It’s been incredible,” Bret Jones said. “I’ve never had a first-year stallion do what he’s been doing right now. There was just this seemingly insatiable appetite for anything Cairo Prince, and people would say, ‘I had to get one. I didn’t have one yet, so I had to go a few more bids than what I anticipated.’ ”