Grade I winner Ice Box , who was runner-up in the 2010 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), will relocate to Robert N. Clay’s Three Chimneys Farm near Midway, Ky., for the 2013 breeding season. His fee will be $7,500.
A 5-year-old son of Pulpit, Ice Box entered stud in 2012 at Calumet Farm near Lexington and was bred to 94 mares.
"Ice Box bred 94 mares and he didn’t retire from racing until January, so obviously he was well received by breeders in his debut at stud in 2012,” said Three Chimneys president Case Clay. “He’s a beautifully put together son of Pulpit. The ownership group supported him strongly last year and plans to do the same in the coming years, so the pipeline for breeders this year will be in great shape.
"With Sky Mesa , another son of Pulpit in our barn at $30,000, Ice Box allows us to offer breeders two grade I-winning sons of Pulpit, a successful sire of sires, at two popular price points."
Ice Box won the 2010 Florida Derby (gr. I) and finished second in the Kentucky Derby in his next start. He was retired from racing with a record of 3-1-1 from 16 starts and earnings of $948,068.
Ice Box is bred similarly to Sky Mesa. Sky Mesa is out of a Storm Cat mare, and Ice Box is out of Storm Cat's grade II-winning granddaughter Spice Island (by Tabasco Cat). Spice Island sold for $775,000 at this year’s Keeneland January horses of all ages sale in foal to Tapit . She produced a colt from that mating.
Ice Box is available to breeders for inspection beginning July 23.