Daily Racing Form National Digital Edition - - Sha Tin - By Mark Si­mon

While Ken­tucky sires cover more mares an­nu­ally than all other state pro­grams com­bined, re­gional breed­ers rely on in-state sires for their mares and to also take ad­van­tage of state breed­ing in­cen­tive pro­grams. A to­tal of 228 stal­lions stood in Ken­tucky dur­ing the 2018 breed­ing sea­son – and 986 stood in North Amer­ica out­side Ken­tucky dur­ing the sea­son.

In 2019, there are 61 new stal­lions re­ported to be stand­ing in North Amer­ica, and two-thirds of those will be out­side of Ken­tucky. Here’s a look at some of the new stal­lions by state.


Cal­i­for­nia has the sec­ond most stal­lions at stud be­hind Ken­tucky, and nine new stal­lions have been re­ported to be stand­ing in the state in 2019. The high­est fee for new­com­ers be­longs to Smokem, at $5,000. The son of the hot young sire Union Rags will stand at Lo­vacres Ranch in Warner Springs, also home to Stay Thirsty. Smokem, out of the Smoke Glacken mare One Smokin’ Lady, was bred in Cal­i­for­nia by Lo­vacres and raced by a part­ner­ship that in­cluded his breeder. Smokem raced only at 2. He won a maiden race at Del Mar in the first of his five starts and was then sec­ond in the other four, all in stakes, in­clud­ing three at Del Mar.


The Sun­shine State has his­tor­i­cally had the sec­ond best stal­lion roster in the coun­try be­hind Ken­tucky and has pro­duced nu­mer­ous top sires over the years. In 2019, state sire Girvin will have the high­est first-year stud fee out­side of Ken­tucky, at $7,500. The son of Tale of Ekati is one of three new­com­ers who will stand at Ocala Stud, be­ing ac­com­pa­nied by Ami’s Flat­ter ($3,500) and Awe­some Slew ($5,000). Ocala Stud will have 14 stal­lions for the 2019 breed­ing sea­son.

Girvin, out of the Mal­ibu Moon mare Catch the Moon, was one of the bet­ter 3-year-olds of 2017, when he won 3 of 8 starts, in­clud­ing the Grade 1 Haskell In­vi­ta­tional Stakes over McCraken and Prac­ti­cal Joke. Trained by Joe Sharp and cam­paigned by Brad Grady, Girvin won both the Grade 2 Louisiana Derby and Grade 2 Risen Star while win­ning 4 of 10 ca­reer starts and earn­ing $1,624,392. He is a half-brother to Grade 3 win­ner Cocked and Loaded.

Awe­some Slew, a Live Oak Florida home­bred by Awe­some Again, won three Grade 3 stakes while racing for four years and earn­ing $1,223,310. He was sec­ond in two Grade 1 sprints and third in the 2017 Breed­ers’ Cup Dirt Mile while trained by Mark Casse. Out of the stakes-win­ning Seek­ing the Gold mare Slew­found­money, Awe­some Slew is a half-brother to a stakes win­ner, and his sec­ond dam is the Grade 2-win­ning Seat­tle Slew mare Borodislew, dam of three stakes win­ners.


Is­abelle de To­maso’s home­bred stakes win­ner Ir­ish War Cry will stand his first sea­son at stud at Northview Stal­lion Sta­tion in War­wick, Md., for a fee of $6,500. The Gra­ham Mo­tion-trained Ir­ish War Cry was one of the fa­vorites for the 2017 Ken­tucky Derby af­ter win­ning the Grade 2 Wood Me­mo­rial, but he failed to han­dle the slick sur­face at Churchill, though he re­bounded to fin­ish sec­ond in the Bel­mont Stakes. At 4, the son of Curlin won the Grade 3 Pim­lico Spe­cial and re­tired with earn­ings of $1,257,060.

Ir­ish War Cry will be one of seven stal­lions on the 2019 roster at Northview, the long­time home of Mary­land’s dom­i­nant sire, the late Not For Love.

“I be­lieve he’s the most ex­cit­ing stal­lion prospect to be re­tired to Mary­land

in years,” said David Wade, Northview’s gen­eral man­ager. “The only son of Curlin in the re­gion, he won over $1.2 mil­lion, and Gra­ham Mo­tion said he was the most tal­ented horse he’s trained since An­i­mal King­dom.

“He’s a horse that we’ve been watch­ing for quite some time dur­ing his racing ca­reer, and we were thrilled at the op­por­tu­nity to keep him in Mary­land. He was slated to stand stud at Hill ‘n’ Dale Farm in Ken­tucky, but be­came avail­able for us to pur­chase when they ac­quired breed­ing rights to an­other son of Curlin, the 2-yearold cham­pion Good Magic.

“We re­ally couldn’t ask for a bet­ter re­cep­tion from the re­gion’s breed­ers. We of­fered a lim­ited num­ber of life­time breed­ing rights, which sold out very quickly.

“We’re pleased to of­fer him at a price point that should be af­ford­able for all breed­ers, and I have no rea­son to be­lieve he won’t be Mary­land’s most pop­u­lar stal­lion this sea­son.”

Ir­ish War Cry is out of the Pol­ish Num­bers mare Ir­ish Sovereign, dam of Grade 3 win­ner Ir­ish Strait.

New York

Two of the best-bred newly re­tired horses to go to stud are Destin and The Lieu­tenant, both go­ing to Se­quel Stal­lions New York in Hud­son, with each stand­ing for a fee of $6,500.

Destin, a son of Gi­ant’s Cause­way out of the Grade 1-win­ning Siberian Sum­mer mare Dream of Sum­mer, is a full brother to Grade 1-win­ning mil­lion­aire Cre­ative Cause, who is off to a good start at stud at Air­drie Stud in Ken­tucky, where he stands $20,000, and to the Grade 3 win­ner Vex­a­tious.

The Lieu­tenant, a son of Street Sense out of the Ghostzap­per mare Stage Magic, is a half-brother to Triple Crown win­ner Jus­tify. The Lieu­tenant el­e­vated his game this year at age 5 by win­ning the Grade 3 All Amer­i­can Stakes at Golden Gate as well as run­ning sec­ond in the Grade 2 Sub­ur­ban and San­tana Mile and third in the Grade 2 Cal­i­for­nian. He earned $345,882 from four wins in 15 ca­reer starts while trained by Mike McCarthy.

Destin, raced by Twin Creeks Racing Sta­bles and Eclipse Thor­ough­breds, won the Grade 2 Tampa Bay Derby while set­ting a track record and won two other graded races. He was a close sec­ond to Cre­ator in the 2016 Bel­mont Stakes.

Becky Thomas, owner of Se­quel, said she has long been a fan of Destin, no­tably through her early con­nec­tion to Cre­ative Cause.

“Cre­ative Cause was one of my pin­hook­ing horses, so I have a very strong con­nec­tion to the fam­ily,” Thomas said.

Thomas pointed out that the Se­quel stal­lion Freud, the peren­nial lead­ing sire in New York, is a full brother to Destin’s sire, Gi­ant’s Cause­way.

“I love Gi­ant’s Cause­way,” Thomas said. “I loved Cre­ative Cause. I thought he was a bril­liant 2-year-old.”

A mo­ti­vat­ing fac­tor in get­ting Destin to New York was the own­er­ship of the horse. When the horse was be­ing re­tired to stud, it was an­nounced ma­jor Ken­tucky stal­lion op­er­a­tion Gainesway Farm was buy­ing an in­ter­est in Destin.

“The own­er­ship group is phe­nom­e­nal,” she said. “I have had Mis­sion Im­paz­i­ble for Twin Creeks for sev­eral years now, and ev­ery­thing imag­in­able they could have turned up sup­port for him as a stal­lion they have done.

“We’re very ex­cited about our part­ner­ship with Gainesway, as well as with Eclipse Thor­ough­breds.”

What at­tracted Thomas to Destin as a stal­lion prospect was his pack­age of pedi­gree, race record, and abil­ity to get a dis­tance of ground.

“New York is of­ten scru­ti­nized for the lack of su­pe­rior stal­lions avail­abil­ity,” Thomas said. “This horse works in Ken­tucky. His pedi­gree works in New York be­cause he’s at the top of the food chain in New York for pro­vid­ing a horse that was Grade 1 placed, a track-record set­ter, and a Grade 2 win­ner. For me, per­son­ally, I breed all day long to sires that are a twoturn stamina line. We all want to breed to clas­sic-line horses, which this horse was, be­ing nar­rowly de­feated in the Bel­mont.

“For our stal­lion roster to con­tinue to at­tract not just New York state breed­ers but out-of-state breed­ers, we need to keep look­ing at what our stal­lion roster is and what we can pro­vide each in­di­vid­ual breeder. As Freud gets older, I’d like to think that per­haps Destin can come in and fill that sire line that we’ve so dom­i­nated New York with.”

As for The Lieu­tenant, Thomas said get­ting him to stud at Se­quel was an easy de­ci­sion.

“What at­tracted me to him? Let me see,” she laughed. “He’s a half-brother to a Triple Crown win­ner. He’s by a lead­ing sire who’s hav­ing a phe­nom­e­nal year this year. I’m a huge Street Sense fan.

“He was very, very tal­ented, and he had an in­jury, so he didn’t run as much as we would have liked for him to, but his race in the Sub­ur­ban le­git­imized the fact that he’s a good race­horse [when he fin­ished in front of a num­ber of Grade 1 win­ners when run­ner-up to Di­ver­sify].”

Thomas hopes The Lieu­tenant will help the farm du­pli­cate its suc­cess with Freud.

“I’m a big be­liever in pedi­gree. I love that his dam is young and that Cool­more is putting a lot into Jus­tify.

“I feel we’re in the same sit­u­a­tion [with The Lieu­tenant] we were with Gi­ant’s Cause­way [when we got his brother Freud to stand at Se­quel]. We feel like we’re fol­low­ing the leader.”


The first-year sire of 2019 with the high­est ca­reer earn­ings to stand in North Amer­ica will be the hard-try­ing, consistent Hop­per­tu­nity, who earned $4,712,625. The son of Any Given Satur­day was trained by Bob Baffert, and racing 34 times from ages 3 through 7, com­piled a record of 9 wins, 8 sec­onds, and 5 thirds. He won eight stakes races, in­clud­ing the Grade 1 Jockey Club Gold Cup and Grade 1 Clark Hand­i­cap, and was sec­ond or third in 12 other stakes, in­clud­ing the Dubai World Cup. He recorded a tripledigit Beyer 15 times.

“Hop­per­tu­nity is a throw­back to what race­horses used to be – ath­letic, sound, consistent, can carry his speed over a dis­tance,” said David Wade, Northview Penn­syl­va­nia’s gen­eral man­ager. “He won or placed in 19 graded stakes and didn’t duck any­one, yet he’s as clean legged as any horse you’ll find.

“We’re in a pe­riod where horses with fash­ion­able pedi­grees ac­com­plish some­thing on the race­track and get re­tired. Breed­ers are be­ing at­tracted to Hop­per­tu­nity be­cause of his sound­ness and longevity. It means some­thing when you can dance ev­ery dance at the high­est level for sev­eral years, and that is some­thing that has been miss­ing from the breed for quite a while. It was a bit of a no-brainer to go af­ter him and bring him to Penn­syl­va­nia.

“Hop­per­tu­nity is very at­trac­tively priced at $5,000 live foal and crosses well with most ev­ery sire line. He’s gar­ner­ing a lot of at­ten­tion, and right­fully so.”

Hop­per­tu­nity’s sire, Any Given Satur­day, stood for a year in Penn­syl­va­nia be­fore be­ing ex­ported to Korea. His fe­male fam­ily is strong. His dam, the Un­ac­counted For mare Refugee, pro­duced Grade 1 Del Mar Debu­tante win­ner and Breed­ers’ Cup Ju­ve­nile Fil­lies run­nerup Ex­ec­u­tivepriv­i­lege, and his third dam is Davona Dale, a home­bred cham­pion raced by Calumet Farm.


Girvin will be­gin his ca­reer as a stal­lion for a $7,500 fee at Ocala Stud in Florida.

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