03/07/2013 7:07PM

Violence to stand at Hill ‘n’ Dale

Barbara D. Livingston
Grade 1 winner Violence, who suffered an injury in his last start in the Fountain of Youth Stakes, has been retired to Hill 'n' Dale Farms in Lexington.

Grade 1 winner Violence has been retired from racing and will begin his stallion career in 2014 at John G. Sikura’s Hill ‘n’ Dale Farms in Lexington, Ky.

The 3-year-old son of Medaglia d’Oro had emerged as one of the early favorites on this year’s Kentucky Derby trail after winning his first three career starts, including the Grade 1 CashCall Futurity and the Grade 2 Nashua Stakes.

He finished second by a half-length in his 2013 bow, the Grade 2 Fountain of Youth Stakes, after which he was discovered to have suffered a fractured right front medial sesamoid.

Violence finished his career with three wins in four races for lifetime earnings of $623,000, racing for owner Black Rock Stables and trainer Todd Pletcher.

“We are very excited to be partnering with John Sikura and Hill 'n' Dale Farms,” said owner Steve Marshall of Black Rock Stables. “The Hill 'n' Dale facilities are second to none, and John has a reputation for making stallions. They have a world-class broodmare band, launched Violence's sire, Medaglia d'Oro, and have a high profile customer base and sales agency.

“As difficult as it was to see his racing career end so abruptly, we are now looking forward to Violence becoming an outstanding sire extending his dominance on the racetrack to the breeding shed," Marshall said.

The stallion deal represents a return to Hill ‘n’ Dale for Violence, who was consigned by the farm’s sales branch during the 2011 Keeneland September yearling sale, where he was purchased by Black Rock Stables for $600,000.

Bred in Kentucky by Dell Ridge Farm, Violence is the second foal out of the winning Gone West mare Violent Beauty, who is the dam of two winners from as many to race. He is from the family of English Horse of the Year Dayjur, champion Sky Beauty, and Grade 1 winners Maplejinsky, Tale of Ekati, Pleasant Home, Point of Entry, and Pine Island.

“This family has been producing Grade 1 winners for over three decades at all distances and on all surfaces,” said Sikura. “This versatility will suit a great cross section of mares. 

“Violence was an undefeated Grade 1 winner at 2, and showed so much courage in finishing second in the Fountain of Youth while sustaining an injury,” Sikura continued. “He is a great horse to look at, and possesses all the traits of an outstanding sire prospect–precocity with classic ability, physicality, and a huge pedigree. What we saw of him talent-wise was just the tip of the iceberg. He was absolutely a top-class horse. We are adding a really exciting sire prospect to our roster.”

DrSmoke120 More than 1 year ago
Send another china limbed runner to stud to breed to a equally fragile mare and what do you get, another fast runner who can't last more than six months. Sad, just glad he didn't totally breakdown.
zkid9914 More than 1 year ago
10 per cent of horses run at two. We need to see them run at 3 and 4. "another exciting sire prospect" don't think so.
Wesley Wright More than 1 year ago
Too early to say.
Kyri Freeman More than 1 year ago
I think the only way we're going to see young, unproven horses stop being sent to stud is if breeders refuse to send them mares. (Violence's injury may or may not have been caused by a conformational unsoundness that could be passed on to his foals -- my issue with him would be more that he never got a chance to prove himself as a mature horse.) And I don't see that happening given how many mares Dunkirk got, just as one example. It's unfortunate but there you have it IMO. Those who want to go with his bloodlines can breed to his sire Medaglia d'Oro -- who was sound and ran as a mature horse.
Mauricio Samuel Farias Gomez More than 1 year ago
The money is in the breeding shed
chad mc rory More than 1 year ago
As a foal of 21 March, Violence is still just 2 years old. Time is here again to open discussion on writing the Triple Crown Races for 4 year olds. This alone would do alot to suppress Derby fever and lessen the destruction of these young horses.
Guy More than 1 year ago
Perhaps an expert can answer this question. Is the sperm of a horse any different whether he has won 1 race or 20 ? If his bloodlines are going to produce, does it matter when he starts getting mares in foal????
Wesley Wright More than 1 year ago
Thats a good question, but who wants to breed their mares to an unproven stallion regardless of his pedigree.
Gina Spadafori More than 1 year ago
Swell. Now we'll have even MORE racehorses sired by horses who in their racing careers proved to be as unsound as they were precocious. Geld him and find him a nice hunter-jumper home, ferpetessake.
Laramie Bowcock More than 1 year ago
Would that be wise considering his injury?
Hadrian Marcus More than 1 year ago
“Violence was an undefeated Grade 1 winner at 2". He ran four races period. Which is one more than Algorithms, and a bare handful less than most of last year's sophomores. The 'industry' of breeding has superseded the sport of racing. The drive to greatness has been replaced by the rush to the breeding shed. Enjoy your time, breeders of the American Thoroughbred, because failing to invest back into the 'sport' will have dire consequences. Each generation will see a weaker thoroughbred...and less horse racing fans. But as long as we have a good return on the investment game, who cares.....right?
Sharjil Ahmad More than 1 year ago
And the next generation of American thoroughbreds is to be sired by physically incapable and fragile stallions. No wonder why the handicap division is dominated by geldings. No wonder why we lack the star power in this sport, because none of the good horses stick around. Either compromised by some injury, or retired young for breeding value, this industry is on its way down when it comes to fan following.
MICHAEL More than 1 year ago
The sad part is those in-charge....oh wait NOBODY is in-charge...they are all racing to the breeding shed....instead of the racetrack.....and when they do race for real they need RDM just to compete.......pull out the casino money and the only racetrack that would be open are....um..are..um ummm um....ummm...yeah ah...um.........