11/02/2012 4:40PM

Vinery raises stud fee for Posse, lowers others


Vinery will raise leading New York sire Posse’s stud fee from $10,000 to $12,500 next year, but it will trim fees for four of its other stallions, it announced on Friday when releasing fees for its Kentucky and New York stallions. Vinery’s flagship stallion, More Than Ready, will stand in Kentucky for $60,000, the same fee as this year.

In Kentucky, Vinery’s Maimonides will drop from $3,500 to $2,500, while Vinery’s New York stallions Bluegrass Cat, Giant Surprise, and Pomeroy will also have their fees reduced. Bluegrass Cat’s fee will go from $17,500 to $15,000 in 2013. Giant Surprise goes from $3,500 to $2,500, and Pomeroy from $10,000 to $5,000.

The rest of Vinery’s stallion roster will have the same advertised fees as this year. In Kentucky, the fees are as follows: Congrats, $35,000; Kodiak Kowboy, $6,500; Pioneerof the Nile, $15,000; Pure Prize, $7,500; and Street Hero, $5,000. In New York, D’Funnybone’s fee remains unchanged at $3,500. Vinery also will add first-year stallion Soaring Empire to the New York roster at a $2,500 fee.

Posse enjoyed another good year, with such runners as Del Mar Futurity winner Rolling Fog and millionaire Caleb’s Posse, the winner of last year’s Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile who this year came back to finish second in the Grade 1 Carter and Metropolitan handicaps. His other stakes winners in 2012 include In the Fairway, Law Enforcement, and Comedero.