Wednesday, November 11, 2015

It Looks Like I Have Something For My Bucket List

I hope someday to return to the Lexington, Kentucky, area and get a chance to see the latest TC winner, American Pharoah. Just a couple of weeks into retirement, and he is being inundated with visitors, which will happen until he dies.

He is not only getting the spotlight, but also his sire, PioneeroftheNile, and his grandsire, Empire Maker are getting attention from the public. Empire Maker had been at stud in Japan, but he is returning back to the United States:

Perhaps the most exciting change related to the “Pharoah Effect” was the repatriation of grandsire Empire Maker (Unbridled). The Belmont Stakes winner was the best racing son of his famous dam Toussaud (dam of four G1 winners) and was one of the trio of classic winners by his Kentucky Derby-winning sire Unbridled.

There was some surprise when the stallion was sold to the Japan Bloodstock Breeders Association, but there may have been even more when Empire Maker was purchased for return to the States by Haras Don Alberto and Gainesway Farm.

A grand-looking stallion with proven ability to get big-race winners and now to sire important stallions, Empire Maker will again be available to American breeders for the 2016 season, when his stud fee will be $100,000 at Gainesway.

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