11/23/2010 4:23PM

Vinery to increase fees of More Than Ready, Congrats

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LEXINGTON, Ky. – Vinery will boost the fee of its flagship stallion, More Than Ready, from $30,000 to $40,000 but will cut many of its other horses’ fees in 2011.

More Than Ready stands at the operation’s Kentucky division and currently leads the juvenile sire list. The 13-year-old Southern Halo horse currently ranks among the top 10 on North America’s general sire list and has enjoyed success this year with such runners as Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf winner Pluck and Juvenile Fillies Turf winner More Than Real.

One other Vinery stallion gets a fee hike next year. Congrats, who stood in 2010 at Vinery’s Summerfield, Fla., satellite, moves to Kentucky and goes from $4,500 to $15,000, thanks to his position atop the freshman sire standings this year.

Seven other Kentucky stallions will have lower fees. They are Cactus Ridge, from $7,500 to $5,000; Kodiak Kowboy, from $15,000 to $10,000; Limehouse, from $10,000 to $6,500; Pioneerof the Nile, from $20,000 to $17,500; Pure Prize, from $10,000 to $5,000; Silver Train, from $12,500 to $7,500; and Street Hero, from $10,000 to $6,500.

Stormello’s fee stays the same at $3,500.

Vinery recently announced it would open a division at New York’s Empire Stud under the banner of Vinery New York. Its New York roster will feature Frost Giant at $7,500, Maybry’s Boy at $2,500, Posse at $10,000, Repent at $5,000, and Silver Wagon at a private fee. All of those remain the same as in 2010.

The New York farm also will stand Purge, who relocates from Vinery Kentucky and takes a cut from $7,500 to $5,000 for 2011. Debuting on the New York roster is Justenuffhumor, who launches his stud career with a $5,000 fee.

Finally, Vinery’s Florida operation will have two horses with lower fees in 2011. Those are D’Wildcat, who decreases from $10,000 to $8,500, and Benny the Bull, who drops from $4,000 to $3,000. Kantharos is the Florida farm’s new resident, and his first-year fee will be $5,000. The other Vinery Florida stallions keep their 2010 fees, as follows: J Be K, $3,000; Maimonides, $3,500; and Pomeroy, $5,000.