Thursday, October 4, 2018
B. Wayne Hughes’ Spendthrift Farm announced 2019 fees for its 25-stallion roster set to stand at the Lexington-based farm this upcoming breeding season. Among the roster are three new stallions for 2019, and Spendthrift’s stallion ranks are again spearheaded at the top by leading sire Into Mischief, whose fee has moved to $150,000 S&N and is booked full.
All three new stallions are Grade 1 winners, including the recently-retired Mor Spirit, Free Drop Billy and Bolt d’Oro, who remains in training through the end of the season. Bolt d’Oro was the only two-year-old colt of 2017 to win multiple Grade 1 races, including dominant back-to-back wins in the Del Mar Futurity (G1) and FrontRunner S. (G1). In the latter, the son of Medaglia d’Oro earned a 103 Beyer – the fastest Beyer earned by a two-year-old colt since 2014. Bolt d’Oro’s initial fee has been set at $25,000 S&N, subject to change pending race results.
Goldencents, North America’s No. 1 First-Crop Sire, will see his fee move to $20,000 S&N. The popular son of Into Mischief currently has a crop-high 19 two-year-old winners – seven more than any other first-crop sire – including four black type horses and two black type winners to date. Jimmy Creed, currently North America’s No. 2 Second-Crop Sire, will also see his stud fee move to $20,000 S&N for 2019 after siring 11 black type horses and five black type winners, led by Grade 2-winning three-year-old colt Kanthaka.
Perennial leading sire Malibu Moon will remain at $75,000 S&N in 2019 after another banner year that has already included siring two Grade 1 winners – the most of any from the A.P. Indy sire line so far in 2018. Malibu Moon is led by Breeders’ Cup Sprint contender Ransom the Moon, repeat winner of the Bing Crosby S. (G1) this summer at Del Mar, and Arkansas Derby (G1) winner Magnum Moon.
Spendthrift is also bringing home promising young stallion Normandy Invasion, a record-holding son of Tapit who had been standing in New York as property of Spendthrift. Normandy Invasion, who’s first crop of yearlings have sold for up to $170,000 so far this year, remains Gulfstream’s track-record holder at a mile on dirt at 1:33.13.
Spendthrift is introducing a new breeding program for 2019 called the “Safe Bet Program”, which is designed to substantially minimize risk for breeders who support any of Spendthrift’s fourth-year stallions that have first-crop two-year-olds set to hit the track in 2019. The program was designed to assure breeders a significant level of success from a stallion’s first crop of two-year-old runners, or the breeder will pay a significantly discounted stud fee.
Spendthrift will host an open house before and during the Fasig-Tipton October Sale, from Oct. 20-25 at 1-3pm daily. For more information on Spendthrift’s new Safe Bet Program, the open house, or any of its stallions, please contact Des, Mark, or Brian at 859-294-0030, or visit SpendthriftFarm.com.
The below chart includes Spendthrift’s full stallion roster and 2019 stud fees:
|Stallions||Stands & Nurses Fee|
|Into Mischief||$150,000 – BOOK FULL|
|Bolt d’Oro – NEW||$25,000|
|Mor Spirit – NEW||$10,000|
|Hit It a Bomb||$5,000|
|Shakin It Up||$5,000|
|Can the Man||$3,500|
|Free Drop Billy – NEW||TBA|