11/05/2012 9:33PM

WinStar sets Bodemeister’s stud fee at $30,000


Grade 1 winner and Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes runner-up Bodemeister will stand his first season at WinStar Farm in 2013 for a fee of $30,000, the Versailles, Ky., farm announced Monday. Its veteran and perennially prominent sire Distorted Humor will stand for a fee of $100,000, the same as this year.

Bodemeister and Wood Memorial Stakes winner Gemologist, who will stand for $15,000, will make their debuts as stallions for WinStar next year, joining a 16-horse roster.

Three stallions at WinStar will have increases in their stud fees for 2013: Speightstown, from $50,000 to $60,000; Harlan’s Holiday, from $25,000 to $35,000; and Spring At Last, from $7,500 to $15,000. Speightstown, who underwent successful colic surgery last weekend, currently ranks third on the general sire list.

Harlan’s Holiday ranks 10th on the general sire list and first on the juvenile sire list and is the sire of undefeated Breeders’ Cup Juvenile winner Shanghai Bobby, the likely divisional champion. Spring At Last, who ranks second on the freshman sire list, boasts a first crop that includes Grade 1 Darley Alcibiades Stakes winner Spring in the Air.

The remainder of WinStar Farm’s stallion roster with 2013 stud fees: Artie Schiller, $10,000; Bellamy Road, $20,000; Colonel John, $15,000; Drosselmeyer, $17,500; Hold Me Back, $6,000; Sidney’s Candy, $15,000; Summer Bird, $15,000; Super Saver, $20,000; Tiznow, $75,000; and US Ranger, $5,000.

“We couldn’t be more proud of the WinStar stallions and their continued success across the board, both on the racetrack and in the sales ring,” WinStar president and CEO Elliott Walden said. “We’re thrilled to be just a couple of months away from opening our new [18-stall] stallion facility, and do so while bringing in exciting new stallions such as Bodemeister and Gemologist to complement our accomplished existing roster.”

Florida Derby winner Take Charge Indy will stand at WinStar upon retirement. The A.P. Indy colt returned to racing in October, finishing third in the Grade 2 Fayette Stakes.