Daily Racing Form National Digital Edition - - Sha Tin - By Ni­cole Russo

Os­car Per­for­mance tossed his head and stepped side­ways on the end of the lead shank, turn­ing a white-rimmed eye to­ward the hori­zon, be­yond the rolling hills sur­round­ing Mill Ridge Farm. Os­car Per­for­mance’s fa­mil­iar for­mer stall in trainer Brian Lynch’s barn is less than five miles away at Keeneland – where Hal Price Headley, the fa­ther of Mill Ridge’s Alice Chan­dler, served as the first pres­i­dent.

But Os­car Per­for­mance was ac­tu­ally stand­ing on fa­mil­iar ground in that mo­ment. The son of lead­ing turf sire Kit­ten’s Joy was foaled at Mill Ridge on April 6, 2014, and spent his for­ma­tive months there be­fore head­ing off to train­ing and the track. The colt is a home­bred for John and Jerry Amer­man, who be­came as­so­ci­ated with Mill Ridge in the mid-1990’s and have main­tained their lim­ited brood­mare band there since. That band in­cludes their stakes-win­ning The­atri­cal mare Devine Ac­tress, the dam of mul­ti­ple Grade 1 win­ner Os­car Per­for­mance and mul­ti­ple Grade 3 win­ner Os­car Nom­i­nated.

“We at Mill Ridge are so ap­pre­cia­tive to Jerry and John Amer­man for the op­por­tu­nity to stand a stal­lion with the po­ten­tial to con­trib­ute to the breed like Os­car Per­for­mance,” Mill Ridge man­ag­ing partner Headley Bell said. “Since [for­mer Mill Ridge stal­lions] Diesis and Gone West, we have been wait­ing for the spe­cial horse to carry on from their lega­cies and be­lieve Os­car Per­for­mance has all the qual­i­ties to do so.”

Over the sum­mer, Bell said that it only took about a week to syn­di­cate Os­car Per­for­mance.

“We syn­di­cated him in seven days on a ba­sis of $75,000 for the shares,” Bell said. “We kept the other half, too. Rather than putting kick­ers on the deal, we just kept the other shares syn­di­cated af­ter he’s fin­ished racing. We got a great syn­di­cate . . . When you’re [do­ing busi­ness] you’ve got to think four years down the road. You’re in the mo­ment and then the bal­loon goes off and you strug­gle. So, even in the syn­di­cate, you got eight sea­sons in the first four years to make a very at­trac­tive deal. Be­cause the bot­tom line is we want to give him a chance to be a stal­lion, and we’re will­ing to give a lit­tle bit up front to get some­thing in the end.”

Os­car Per­for­mance won six graded stakes, high­lighted by a quar­tet of Grade 1 events – the 2016 Breed­ers’ Cup Ju­ve­nile Turf, last year’s Bel­mont Derby and Sec­re­tar­iat Stakes, and this fall’s Wood­bine Mile. His three other graded stakes scores in­cluded a vir­tu­oso per­for­mance in the Grade 3 Poker Stakes this past June at Bel­mont, siz­zling the mile on turf in a course-record 1:31.23. Not only did that break Elu­sive Qual­ity’s course mark of 1:31.63 es­tab­lished in 1998, it tied the North Amer­i­can record for a mile on the turf es­tab­lished by Man­durah in 2010 at Mon­mouth Park.

“He is a trainer’s dream,” Lynch said. “Lasix-free, speed, stamina, and sound­ness.”

Mill Ridge pre­vi­ously stood stal­lions such as the late, great Gone West, the sire of cham­pion sprinter Speight­stown, Breed­ers’ Cup win­ners Da Hoss and Jo­har, and Bel­mont Stakes win­ner Com­mend­able, among other stand­outs. Gone West con­tin­ued to build a legacy to the breed via suc­cess­ful sons at stud, in­clud­ing Elu­sive Qual­ity, Grand Slam, Mr. Gree­ley, Proud Cit­i­zen, and Speight­stown.

How­ever, Mill Ridge had just a one­horse roster in 2018. Valu­able new­comer Os­car Per­for­mance joins re­gally bred Grade 3 win­ner Keep Up, whose old­est foals are 3, in the stal­lion com­plex.

Fipke home­breds en­ter mar­ket

Charles Fipke made his for­tune as a

risk-tak­ing ge­ol­o­gist whose pur­suit of his pro­fes­sion led to the ground­break­ing dis­cov­ery of di­a­mond mines in Canada. Fipke has been sim­i­larly bold in his pur­suit of Thor­ough­bred gems. In re­cent years, he has cam­paigned a home­bred Eclipse Award cham­pion in For­ever Un­bri­dled; seen her dam, Le­mons For­ever, hon­ored as Brood­mare of the Year; de­vel­oped a num­ber of his home­bred run­ners into consistent sires; and has seen two run­ners by those sires hit the board in Amer­i­can clas­sic events at long prices.

This year, Fipke con­tin­ues to de­velop his pro­gram with two home­bred stal­lion prospects headed to stud in Ken­tucky. Bee Jersey, win­ner of the stal­lion-mak­ing Metropoli­tan Hand­i­cap, will stand at Darby Dan Farm in Lex­ing­ton, while clas­sic-placed Tale of Verve will be­gin his sec­ond ca­reer at Fipke’s own C.F. Farms near Paris.

Bee Jersey, by Jersey Town, won all four of his starts this year, in­clud­ing the Grade 3 Steve Sex­ton Mile at Lone Star Park and then the Metropoli­tan, edg­ing mul­ti­ple Grade 1 win­ner Mind Your Bis­cuits. He posted a Beyer Speed Fig­ure of 109. That turned out to be the fi­nal start of his ca­reer, as he was re­tired later in the year with a ten­don in­jury.

“Bee Jersey was one of the fastest horses of the year, ev­i­denced by the Beyer Speed Fig­ures he ran,” said Ryan Nor­ton, stal­lion di­rec­tor at Darby Dan. “He pos­sessed raw speed, was an ex­cel­lent miler, and put to­gether tremen­dous back-to-back win­ning per­for­mances in the Steve Sex­ton Mile and the Metropoli­tan Hand­i­cap.”

Bee Jersey is one of two Met Mile win­ners en­ter­ing stud this year, along with im­pres­sive 2017 vic­tor Mor Spirit at Spend­thrift Farm. The race has been won through­out its 125-year his­tory by prom­i­nent stal­lions such as Tom Fool (1953), Na­tive Dancer (1954), and Buck­passer (1967). A Grade 1 race since the North Amer­i­can graded stakes sys­tem be­gan in 1973, it has been won more re­cently by prom­i­nent sires Ten­tam (1973), Cox’s Ridge (1978), Fap­pi­ano (1981), Gulch (198788), Ghostzap­per (2005), and Qual­ity Road (2010).

“The Met Mile is one of the most sto­ried stal­lion-mak­ing races in our sport,” said Ned Tof­fey, Spend­thrift’s gen­eral man­ager.

Darby Dan has long part­nered with Fipke, and Bee Jersey will join his home­bred stal­lions Per­fect Soul and Tale of Ekati at the farm. Jersey Town, whose big­gest win for Fipke came in the Grade 1 Cigar Mile in 2010, also be­gan his stud ca­reer there be­fore mov­ing to Road’s End Farm in Bri­tish Columbia for the 2018 sea­son. With the suc­cess of Bee Jersey, from his first crop, the stal­lion will re­lo­cate to Daehling Ranch Thor­ough­breds, near Elk Grove, Calif., for 2019.

Tale of Verve, a son of Tale of Ekati, is out of the Un­bri­dled mare Verve, with whom Fipke has had suc­cess. She also is the dam of Grade 3 win­ner Verve’s Tale

and stakes-placed Per­fect Soul. Tale of Verve, a win­ner who earned more than $500,000 on the track, fin­ished sec­ond to sub­se­quent Triple Crown win­ner Amer­i­can Pharoah in the 2015 Preak­ness Stakes, beaten seven lengths at 28-1.

Fa­mil­iar team be­hind Good Magic

Clas­sic-placed cham­pion Good Magic will en­ter stud at Hill ‘n’ Dale Farm along­side his sire, Curlin, and sev­eral other for­mer Ston­estreet Farm col­or­bear­ers.

Good Magic, who was bred by Ston­estreet, was sold by Hill ‘n’ Dale on be­half of his breeder at the 2016 Keeneland Septem­ber year­ling sale, where e Five Racing went to $1 mil­lion to ac­quire him. Ston­estreet later bought back in, and the two en­ti­ties raced him in part­ner­ship to three graded stakes vic­to­ries from nine starts and earn­ings of more than $2.9 mil­lion.

Curlin, a two-time Horse of the Year for Ston­estreet and partners, has been rep­re­sented by a clas­sic win­ner or clas­sic-placed run­ner from each of his first six crops. The Smart Strike horse has stood at Hill ‘n’ Dale since the 2016 sea­son af­ter orig­i­nally stand­ing at Lane’s End. The move was made af­ter Hill ‘n’ Dale pur­chased a 20 per­cent in­ter­est and four

an­nual breed­ing rights to Curlin in May 2015 for a to­tal sum of about $6.2 mil­lion. The in­ter­est was of­fered at auc­tion as part of the as­set liq­ui­da­tion of for­mer owners Shirley Cun­ning­ham Jr. and Wil­liam Gal­lion’s Mid­night Cry Sta­bles. Ston­estreet Sta­bles owns the ma­jor­ity in­ter­est in Curlin.

Hill ‘n’ Dale also stands ris­ing young Ston­estreet stal­lion Kan­tharos, the sire of graded stakes win­ners Buc­chero, Mr. Jor­dan, and X Y Jet. Kan­tharos re­lo­cated to Ken­tucky for the 2017 sea­son af­ter begin­ning his ca­reer in Florida. For­mer Ston­estreet col­or­bear­ers Atrei­des, a cur­rent fresh­man sire, and Ma­clean’s Mu­sic, rep­re­sented by Preak­ness Stakes win­ner Cloud Com­put­ing from his first crop, have stood at Hill ‘n’ Dale since launch­ing their ca­reers.

“Good Magic is a fan­tas­tic ad­di­tion to our stal­lion roster,” Hill ‘n’ Dale’s John Sikura said in a press re­lease. “It is rare in­deed for a cham­pion 2-year-old to re­tain his Grade 1 form at 3, which was wit­nessed by Good Magic’s nar­row de­feat by su­per horse Jus­tify in the Ken­tucky Derby. We sold Good Magic . . . as a year­ling, and he was a beau­ti­ful horse. I re­mem­ber him as medium-sized, a great mover, and com­pletely cor­rect. Valiant, supremely tal­ented, and by Curlin, breed­ers will love him.”

Good Magic won his maiden in his third start, the 2017 Breed­ers’ Cup Ju­ve­nile at Del Mar, and was sub­se­quently voted cham­pion 2-year-old male.

This year, Good Magic won the Blue Grass Stakes in his sec­ond start of the sea­son, then caught sloppy tracks in the first two legs of the Triple Crown. He was a hard-fought sec­ond to Jus­tify in the Ken­tucky Derby and fourth in the Preak­ness Stakes af­ter duel­ing with the even­tual Triple Crown win­ner through the early stages.

He re­bounded to win the Haskell In­vi­ta­tional by three lengths, but then fin­ished a dull ninth as the fa­vorite in the Travers Stakes on Aug. 25 in what turned out to be his fi­nal start. Blood tests taken fol­low­ing the race re­vealed that the colt had an el­e­vated white blood cell count, and his con­nec­tions re­sponded with plans for a full vet­eri­nary ex­am­i­na­tion in Ken­tucky and time off at Ston­estreet. In Septem­ber, his con­nec­tions an­nounced the cham­pion was done for the year, and they later elected to re­tire him.

Hill ‘n’ Dale will bring in an­other

new­comer for 2019 in the un­beaten but lightly raced Grade 1 win­ner Army Mule.

The Penn­syl­va­nia-bred son of suc­cess­ful young Mary­land sire Friesan Fire won his ca­reer de­but by 8 1/2 lengths in April 2017 at Bel­mont Park, but then a knee is­sue kept him away from the races un­til Jan­uary 2018, when he won an op­tion­al­claim­ing event at Gulf­stream by 7 1/2 lengths. Off that, he stepped up to Grade 1 com­pany in the Carter Hand­i­cap in April, win­ning by 6 1/4 lengths over Awe­some Slew. He posted a Beyer Speed Fig­ure of 114 for the seven-fur­long race.

Army Mule was be­ing pointed to the Grade 1 Metropoli­tan Hand­i­cap in June at Bel­mont, but an­other is­sue de­vel­oped and he was ul­ti­mately sent for a break on a farm in Ocala. He re­turned to the work tab on Sept. 1 at Saratoga and logged four breezes there be­fore his re­tire­ment was an­nounced.

Evans’s legacy car­ries on

Three Chim­neys Farm has an es­tab­lished his­tory with the stel­lar fe­male fam­ily re­spon­si­ble for 2005 Horse of the Year Saint Liam and 2017 Horse of the Year Gun Run­ner. The farm has con­tin­ued to rein­vest in that fam­ily, de­vel­oped by the late Ed­ward P. Evans, as it ex­pands its stal­lion roster. This year, Three Chim­neys adds a pair of Grade 1 win­ners in Fun­tas­tic, a half-brother to Saint Liam, and Sharp Azteca, out of a daugh­ter of the cham­pion.

“Ned Evans was an artist at breed­ing Grade 1 win­ners and de­vel­op­ing fe­male fam­i­lies,” said Three Chim­neys chief op­er­at­ing of­fi­cer Chris Baker, who worked for Evans. “This fam­ily was his mas­ter­piece.”

Baker man­aged Evans’s Spring Hill Farm in Vir­ginia when the late owner­breeder cam­paigned Grade 2 win­ner Quiet Gi­ant, a daugh­ter of his out­stand­ing Quiet Dance, who had al­ready pro­duced Saint Liam and sev­eral other graded stakes per­form­ers. Ben­jamin Leon’s Be­silu Sta­bles bought Quiet Dance for $800,000 and Quiet Gi­ant for $3 mil­lion at the Evans’s es­tate dis­per­sal in 2011. Baker, who be­came part of Be­silu’s ad­vi­sory team, ad­vised on Quiet Gi­ant’s mat­ing to Candy Ride that even­tu­ally pro­duced Gun Run­ner.

Ma­jor­ity own­er­ship in Three Chim­neys was later sold to prom­i­nent Brazil­ian horse­man Goncalo Borges Tor­re­alba and his fam­ily, with Baker be­com­ing the chief op­er­at­ing of­fi­cer. Three Chim­neys bought into Be­silu’s blood­stock, in­clud­ing the year­ling Gun Run­ner. Winchell Thor­ough­breds later bought into the colt and cam­paigned him in part­ner­ship with Three Chim­neys. Gun Run­ner won 12 of

19 starts for earn­ings of more than $15.9 mil­lion, with six Grade 1 vic­to­ries in­clud­ing the Breed­ers’ Cup Clas­sic and Pe­ga­sus World Cup. He en­tered stud this year at Three Chim­neys.

“I am a big be­liever in top fam­i­lies, and with two Horses of the Year in his first two dams, one could make a case that there is no more ac­tive or rel­e­vant pedi­gree in the stud book to­day than that of Gun Run­ner,” Tor­re­alba said.

Mean­while, Fun­tas­tic, by More Than Ready and out of Quiet Dance, was racing in the col­ors of Three Chim­neys, for which he was mi­nor stakes-placed last year. The colt stepped up into Grade 1 com­pany this sum­mer to win the United Nations Stakes on the Mon­mouth turf.

Saint Liam only stood one sea­son at stud be­fore he broke his leg rear­ing while be­ing led to his pad­dock at Lane’s End Farm. The in­jury proved fa­tal. His lone crop of 98 foals in­cluded 10 stakes win­ners and an­other eight stakes-placed run­ners, led by 2011 Horse of the Year Havre de Grace and graded stakes win­ners Buddy’s Saint, Liam’s Dream, and Up­grade.

“At the end of the day, it’s about breed­ing Satur­day af­ter­noon race­horses,” Tor­re­alba said. “If you con­sider that Horse of the Year Saint Liam sired Horse

of the Year Havre de Grace, one of only a hand­ful of mares to earn that ti­tle, in his only crop, there is clearly a con­cen­tra­tion of dom­i­nant traits that per­vades mul­ti­ple gen­er­a­tions of this im­por­tant pedi­gree.”

Saint Liam also made the most of lim­ited op­por­tu­ni­ties as a brood­mare sire, with his daugh­ters pro­duc­ing Grade 1 win­ner Sharp Azteca, Grade 2 win­ner Ahh Cho­co­late, and Group 3 win­ner Cal­i­for­nia One.

Sharp Azteca, by lead­ing New York sire Freud, won 8 of 17 ca­reer starts and earned more than $2.4 mil­lion. High­lights of his ca­reer in­clude win­ning the Grade 1 Cigar Mile by 5 1/4 lengths over Mind Your Bis­cuits last De­cem­ber at Aqueduct, es­tab­lish­ing a track record in last year’s Grade 3 Mon­mouth Cup, and post­ing ad­di­tional graded stakes vic­to­ries in the Grade 2 Kelso Hand­i­cap in 2017 and the Grade 3 Pat Day Mile in 2016. He fin­ished sec­ond by a half-length to Bat­tle of Mid­way in the 2017 Breed­ers’ Cup Dirt Mile, sec­ond to Mor Spirit in the Grade 1 Metropoli­tan Hand­i­cap ear­lier that year, and sec­ond by a half-length to Mind Your Bis­cuits in the Grade 1 Mal­ibu Stakes in 2016.

“Sharp Azteca was bril­liantly fast, and when you watch his races, you will see speed, tough­ness, and tenac­ity, all three of which are el­e­ments we like in a stal­lion prospect,” Tor­re­alba said. “We be­lieve that Sharp Azteca can be an­other off­shoot branch of the Storm Cat line through Gi­ant Cause­way’s full brother Freud, sim­i­lar to what Har­lan, Har­lan’s Hol­i­day, and Into Mis­chief did.”

Bolt d’Oro a throw­back for Spend­thrift

Spend­thrift Farm struck early to se­cure Bolt d’Oro for its stal­lion roster, com­plet­ing a deal for his breed­ing rights in the fall of his 2-year-old sea­son, but its re­la­tion­ship with the mul­ti­ple Grade 1 win­ner goes back much fur­ther than that. Bolt d’Oro’s 10th dam is Hall of Fame filly Myrtle­wood, a foun­da­tion mare for Spend­thrift.

“Much of the breed­ing suc­cess of Spend­thrift Farm can be cred­ited to Myrtle­wood and her daugh­ters,” Brownell Combs, who bred and raced Myrtle­wood, said in “Great Breed­ers and Their Meth­ods: Leslie Combs II and Spend­thrift Farm,” by Mary Mar­shall. “We had Myrtle­wood daugh­ters ev­ery­where. Even if they couldn’t run, you could guar­an­tee that they would throw some­thing that could. They were great brood­mares and the ab­so­lute essence of our breed­ing pro­gram.

The Myrtle­wood daugh­ters were like gold – ev­ery­body wanted one.”

Myrtle­wood, who set or equaled mul­ti­ple track records and was hon­ored as both the cham­pion sprinter and cham­pion older fe­male of 1936, pro­duced 1942 Ken­tucky Oaks win­ner Miss Dog­wood and cham­pion Du­razna. Her daugh­ters and grand­daugh­ters con­tin­ued to pro­duce top-qual­ity run­ners, with the fe­male fam­ily re­spon­si­ble for 1971 Ken­tucky Oaks win­ner Silent Beauty, Cana­dian Horse of the Year Chief Bearhart, and cham­pi­ons Myr­tle Charm, Type­cast, and Tu­dor Queen.

Myrtle­wood’s fe­male de­scen­dants also were re­spon­si­ble for a num­ber of lead­ing sires, en­sur­ing her in­flu­ence would live on. Through her first foal, Crepe Myr­tle, Myrtle­wood was the fifth dam of 1977 Triple Crown win­ner Seat­tle Slew, whose cham­pi­ons in­cluded 1992 Horse of the Year A.P. Indy, who went on to be­come an in­flu­en­tial stal­lion, with off­shoots in­clud­ing record-set­ting grand­son Tapit. Miss Dog­wood was the great-grand­dam of Mr. Prospec­tor, mul­ti­ple times a lead­ing sire and brood­mare sire.

That fam­ily his­tory bodes well for Bolt d’Oro, who traces to Myrtle­wood through Du­razna’s de­scen­dants. The son of Medaglia d’Oro joins 2017 Preak­ness Stakes win­ner Cloud Com­put­ing and fel­low Grade 1-win­ning new­com­ers Free Drop Billy and Mor Spirit at Spend­thrift, which pop­u­lar­izes its young stal­lions through cre­ative breed­ing in­cen­tive pro­grams and re­gional outreach. Spend­thrift pro­grams in­clude Share the Up­side, which ul­ti­mately re­sults in a life­time breed­ing right for those who sup­port a young stal­lion early, and Breed Se­cure, which delays stud-fee pay­ment un­til and only if the re­sult­ing foal is sold at a profit.

Bolt d’Oro last started when fin­ish­ing 11th in the Metropoli­tan Hand­i­cap in June for owner and trainer Mick Ruis. He sub­se­quently was moved to trainer Steve As­mussen and fresh­ened, with a long-range goal of start­ing in the Grade 1 Clark Hand­i­cap in Novem­ber at Churchill Downs as a pos­si­ble ca­reer fi­nale. Bolt d’Oro had been work­ing steadily at Churchill, but emerged from his fi­nal pub­lished work, on Oct. 17, slightly sore,

and the de­ci­sion was made to re­tire him to Spend­thrift.

“He’s set­tling in re­ally well,” Spend­thrift gen­eral man­ager Ned Tof­fey said. “We gave him about a week on the farm to set­tle in and ac­cli­mate be­fore we started show­ing him, but he’s such a good-minded horse. I think the first time we laid eyes on him, we could ap­pre­ci­ate that about him . . . He’s a re­ally in­tel­li­gent horse, and I think that was some­thing that was a good part of his suc­cess and is help­ing him set­tle in re­ally well.”

Bolt d’Oro won the first three starts of his ca­reer, in­clud­ing the Grade 1 Del Mar Futurity and Grade 1 Fron­tRun­ner Stakes, be­fore fin­ish­ing third in the Breed­ers’ Cup Ju­ve­nile at Del Mar. He re­turned to win the Grade 2 San Felipe Stakes via the dis­qual­i­fi­ca­tion of McKinzie in March, then fin­ished sec­ond to even­tual Triple Crown win­ner Jus­tify in the Grade 1 Santa Anita Derby. He was 12th on the sloppy track in the Ken­tucky Derby be­fore start­ing in the Met Mile five weeks later.

WinS­tar new­com­ers

As new stal­lions have been an­nounced through the fall, much of the at­ten­tion has fo­cused on the horse WinS­tar Farm isn’t

stand­ing – Triple Crown win­ner Jus­tify, whom it co-cam­paigned and who will be­gin his ca­reer at Cool­more’s Ash­ford Stud.

But WinS­tar will have two in­com­ing stal­lions, by cur­rent or for­mer WinS­tar sires, from lines it has long in­vested in. Ken­tucky Derby win­ner Al­ways Dream­ing, from the first crop of Bode­meis­ter, and the ver­sa­tile Grade 2 win­ner Good Sa­mar­i­tan, by the late Har­lan’s Hol­i­day, both be­gin their new ca­reers in 2019.

Al­ways Dream­ing won the 2017 Florida Derby in his fifth start, com­plet­ing the 1 1/8 miles in 1:47.47, the fastest time in that race since Aly­dar won it in 1978. He sub­se­quently won the Ken­tucky Derby by 2 3/4 lengths on a sealed track. It turned out to be the fi­nal vic­tory of his ca­reer, in which he made five more starts.

“He was bril­liantly fast, and he has ev­ery­thing you want in a stal­lion – looks, pedi­gree, and per­for­mance,” El­liott Walden, pres­i­dent, CEO, and racing man­ager of WinS­tar Farm, said. “We dream about the Ken­tucky Derby ev­ery day, but the race I re­ally liked was the Florida Derby. When I saw the tele­timer, I was amazed. We are ex­cited to add a po­ten­tially breed-shap­ing stal­lion from the Un­bri­dled line, which has proven to be to­day’s pre­em­i­nent clas­sic sire line.”

The Un­bri­dled line has been re­spon­si­ble, in re­cent years, for the likes of Triple Crown win­ner Amer­i­can Pharoah and cham­pi­ons Ar­ro­gate and Will Take Charge. Amer­i­can Pharoah is by WinS­tar stal­lion Pioneerof the Nile. Pioneerof the Nile leads the WinS­tar stud roster with an ad­ver­tised fee of $110,000. Like Bode­meis­ter, Pioneerof the Nile is by Un­bri­dled’s son Em­pire Maker.

Good Sa­mar­i­tan won Grade 2 races at ages 2, 3, and 4. The mil­lion­aire cap­tured the Sum­mer Stakes on turf at Wood­bine as a ju­ve­nile and later in his ca­reer suc­cess­fully ran on dirt, tak­ing the Jim Dandy in his de­but on the sur­face and the New Or­leans Hand­i­cap in his 2018 de­but.

“He is the last great son of Har­lan’s Hol­i­day, one of the most dom­i­nant Amer­i­can sire lines we have cur­rently, and he was ul­tra-consistent,” said Sean Tugel, WinS­tar’s di­rec­tor of blood­stock ser­vices and as­sis­tant racing man­ager. “In this day and age of re­tir­ing horses with lim­ited starts, he started 15 times over three years, in­clud­ing 14 straight graded stakes con­tests.”

Good Sa­mar­i­tan, who was bred by WinS­tar and raced for the farm in part­ner­ship, is from the fam­ily of suc­cess­ful stal­lions Bern­stein and Sky Mesa.


Os­car Per­for­mance will stand at Mill Ridge Farm – where he was foaled in 2014.


The Charles Fipke home­bred Bee Jersey wins the Metropoli­tan Hand­i­cap in June. He will stand at Darby Dan Farm in Ken­tucky.


Three Chim­neys Farm adds a pair of Grade 1 win­ners to its stal­lion lineup for 2018 – Sharp Azteca (left) and Fun­tas­tic.


Bolt d’Oro’s fam­ily goes way back at Spend­thrift Farm, where he will stand next year. His 10th dam is Hall of Famer Myrtle­wood, a Spend­thrift foun­da­tion mare.

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