De­but stud fees an­nounced for Ar­ro­gate and Gun Run­ner

Daily Racing Form National Digital Edition - - News - By Joe Nevills

The two front-run­ners for Horse of the Year hon­ors had their de­but stud fees an­nounced within a half-hour of each other on Wed­nes­day af­ter­noon. Cham­pion Ar­ro­gate will stand at Jud­dmonte Farms in Lex­ing­ton, Ky., for $75,000 dur­ing the 2018 breed­ing sea­son, while Breed­ers’ Cup Clas­sic win­ner Gun Run­ner will com­mand $70,000 at Three Chim­neys Farm in Mid­way, Ky.

The ini­tial book for Ar­ro­gate, a 4-year-old son of Un­bri­dled’s Song, will be re­stricted to 142 mares.

“Our goal is al­ways to pro­vide the best value to our breed­ers,” said Gar­rett O’Rourke, man­ager of Jud­dmonte’s U.S. op­er­a­tion. “We will se­lect the high­est qual­ity of mares to offer Ar­ro­gate the best chance to be as great a sire as he was a race­horse.”

Ar­ro­gate’s fee is among the high­est ad­ver­tised de­but prices for a North Amer­i­can first-year stal­lion in re­cent years. Triple Crown win­ner Amer­i­can Pharoah de­buted for $200,000 in 2016 at Cool­more’s Ash­ford Stud, match­ing the fee Adena’s Horse of the Year Ghostzap­per en­tered stud for in 2006. Ar­ro­gate en­ters stud for the same fee as Curlin when he de­buted in 2009. The high­est ad­ver­tised fee for an in­com­ing North Amer­i­can stal­lion of 2017 was Grade 1 win­ner Frosted, who stood at Dar­ley for $50,000.

Rac­ing for Jud­dmonte, Ar­ro­gate won seven of 11 starts for earn­ings of $17,422,600, the most of any North Amer­i­can-bred horse in his­tory. The Bob Baf­fert-trained run­ner’s no­table wins in­cluded the Breed­ers’ Cup Clas­sic, Dubai World Cup, and Pe­ga­sus World Cup In­vi­ta­tional Stakes, as well as the Grade 1 Travers Stakes.

Gun Run­ner, a 4-year-old son of Candy Ride, ar­rived at Three Chim­neys on Mon­day to al­low breed­ers an op­por­tu­nity to in­spect the stal­lion prospect, and he was sched­uled to re­main there un­til Fri­day. He was then to ship to the Fair Grounds barn of trainer Steve As­mussen to re­sume train­ing in prepa­ra­tion for his fi­nal start in the Pe­ga­sus World Cup In­vi­ta­tional on Jan. 27, 2018.

Gun Run­ner’s Breed­ers’ Cup Clas­sic win at Del Mar im­proved his record to 11 wins in 18 starts for earn­ings of $8,988,500. His other wins of note in­clude the Grade 1 Whit­ney Stakes, Wood­ward Stakes, Clark Hand­i­cap, and Stephen Foster Hand­i­cap, the Grade 2 Louisiana Derby and Risen Star Stakes, and the Grade 3 Ra­zor­back Stakes and Matt Winn Stakes.

Gun Run­ner races for the part­ner­ship of Winchell Thor­ough­breds and Three Chim­neys.

Keeneland Book 1 gross falls

The se­lect first book of the Keeneland Novem­ber breed­ing stock sale posted a de­cline in gross from last year, but im­proved av­er­age and me­dian sale prices, led by the $6 mil­lion cham­pion Stel­lar Wind.

The auc­tion’s first two ses­sions that made up Book 1 closed with 201 horses sold for rev­enues of $83,996,000. The gross was down 18 per­cent from last year’s two-day first book, when 253 of­fer­ings brought $102,919,000.

“I think the ex­pec­ta­tions were achieved,” Ge­of­frey Rus­sell, Keeneland’s direc­tor of sales op­er­a­tions, said. “We’d like to have more horses in Book 1, ob­vi­ously. That’s our goal, and that’s what we’ll work on. We’ll con­tinue on into next week.

“There is a cer­tain kind of qual­ity or per­cent­age of the mar­ket that de­serves to be in Book 1 . . . . So our goal is to try and start the sale off with higher-end horses, and our job is to go out and get some more.”

Book 1’s av­er­age sale price rose 3 per­cent to $417,891 from $406,794, while the me­dian jumped 15 per­cent to $300,000 from $260,000. The buy­back rate for the first two ses­sions fin­ished at 24 per­cent, com­pared with 29 per­cent dur­ing last year’s com­pa­ra­ble ses­sions.

At the top of the mar­ket, four horses sold for $2 mil­lion or more, com­pared with six dur­ing last year’s Book 1. To­tal seven-fig­ure trans­ac­tions dropped slightly to 17 from 18, while horses sold for $500,000 or more de­clined to 47 from 64.

The Cool­more part­ner­ship bought cham­pion Stel­lar Wind, of­fered as a rac­ing or brood­mare prospect, for $6 mil­lion in the open­ing ses­sion to top Book 1. The mare will be bred to Triple Crown win­ner Amer­i­can Pharoah, who is based at Cool­more’s Ash­ford Stud in Ken­tucky, for her first sea­son as a brood­mare. The young stal­lion’s first foals are wean­lings of 2017.

Tues­day’s sale of Stel­lar Wind tied for the fifth-high­est price in his­tory among brood­mare prospects sold at North Amer­i­can pub­lic auc­tion who have never car­ried a foal, in­clud­ing horses in train­ing of­fered as rac­ing or brood­mare prospects. Her price matched cham­pion Take Charge Brandi, who sold to Hill ‘n’ Dale Farm at the 2015 Keeneland Novem­ber sale. Stel­lar Wind and Take Charge Brandi also are tied for the third-high­est price in the cat­e­gory in Keeneland Novem­ber his­tory.

Stel­lar Wind fin­ished her on­track ca­reer with 10 wins in 16 starts for earn­ings of $2,253,200. She scored six Grade 1 vic­to­ries, tak­ing the Ap­ple Blos­som Hand­i­cap, Santa Anita Oaks, Be­holder Mile, Zeny­atta Stakes, and two edi­tions of the Cle­ment L. Hirsch Stakes. She fin­ished sec­ond in the 2015 Breed­ers’ Cup Distaff, and was named cham­pion 3-year-old filly that sea­son.

Stel­lar Wind was owned by Hro­nis Rac­ing and trained by John Sadler. Lane’s End con­signed her, as agent.

The Keeneland Novem­ber sale con­tin­ues daily through Nov. 18, be­gin­ning each day at 10 a.m. East­ern.


Cham­pion Stel­lar Wind, who sold Tues­day for $6 mil­lion to Cool­more, topped Book 1 at the Keeneland Novem­ber sale.

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