There are several Kentucky Stallion
Facilities that share my personal industry outlook that it is vital to not
only pursue new owners, but to be sure to provide encouragement for breeders
who are already in the business.
I feel that it is important that mare owners do their share to support
stallions and their facilities that provide some protection for small
breeders. The optional foal share is something that is good for all
parties and I want to thank the farms that are cooperating with my optional
foal share program.
RAMSEY FARM has
returned to the stallion business in Kentucky. They are standing
Eclipse Champion Kitten's Joy in 2006. It is almost impossible
to find any owners more involved in the thoroughbred business than Ken and
Sarah Ramsey. They do it all from breeding to race, buying young
horses, claiming, making private purchases, betting pick sixes and every
other kind of event, and paying attention to technology and the advcie of a
staff of people from every corner of the game. It is a thrill to be
involved with Team Ramsey.
MARGAUX STUD. The home of perennial
leading sires Cryptoclearance and Devil His Due is also standing
a horse producing uniformly attractive foals that are an outcross for
American Pedigrees. The Deputy is sure to keep the Margaux tradition
of producing leading sires that are always prominent on the General Sire's
List continuing well into the future. Margaux is a great place to
breed a mare that needs to start with a solid runner to commence her career
as a producer. When you think of Margaux, remember Volponi and his
resounding victory in the 2002 Breeders' Cup Classic.
DARBY DAN. I have a long
history with Darby Dan Farm, the home of such sensational stallions as Ribot,
His Majesty, Roberto, and Graustark. Many of the Darby Dan stallions
demonstrated soundness on the racetrack such as Aldebaran, Behrens,
Perfect Soul who all made more than 20 starts, mostly in high quality
demanding races. The regally bred Capote
stallion, Grade One stakes winner Matty G. is off to a good start at stud
and he made 19 starts. Vicar, Grade One winning son of the
highly successful Wild Again, made 17 starts. I am proud to have optional foal shares available
for many of the these stallions.
I have know Rick Trontz for more than two decades. His stallion roster
of excellent performers and is sure to have more success at stud.
Hopewell showed that stallions can have success at their farm with the
immediate success of Souvenir Copy who moved to California after the death
of John Mabee. Hopewell has kept Skip Away high up on the sire's lists
and other good stallion prospects such as Volponi, Najran, David Cooperfield
and the already very promising Crafty Friend are sure continue on in the
Hopewell tradition of providing quality, useful sires, at reasonable prices
and with fair deals.
Jeff Morris has enjoyed a good reputation for many years in the
thoroughbred business and has recently entered the stallion business with
the very promising and well received Malabar Gold. For 2005 Highclere
has added Ocean Terrace, a remarkably precocious son of Saint Ballado.
LANE'S END FARM. Historically, Lane's
End Farm has been a strong supporter of the small breeder and some excellent
deals are still available on a few stallions at this classy stallion
facility. The focus of these transactions requires that the seasons
are actual season sales. Lane's End is one of those very few magic
farms where when a stallion succeeds, he quickly escalates in price. I
recommend to my breeders that they pursue breeding to stallions that are yet
to have runners. When you catch a rising star the rewards are
excellent and Lane's End is a place where star do rise and rise quickly.
Lil's Lad is my primary recommendation at Lane's End for the 2003 breeding