Eugene Melnyk’s homebred Marchfield, a two-time Canadian champion, will stand the 2011 breeding season at Michael Byrne’s Park Stud near Orangeville, Ontario, Canada. The 6-year-old son of A.P. Indy will stand for $4,000.
Marchfield was a stakes performer in each of his four years of racing. At 2, he was second in the Coronation Futurity in his second start. As a 3-year-old, he won the third leg of the Canadian Triple Crown, the Breeders’ Stakes on turf. In his championship seasons, he won the Autumn Stakes (Can-IIT) at 4 and the Sky Classic Stakes (Can-IIT) over subsequent Canadian Horse of the Year Champs Elysees and the Dominion Day Handicap (Can-III) at 5.
“As big supporters of the Ontario racing program we are excited to stand Marchfield at Park Stud and hope he can follow in the footsteps of the likes of Bold Ruckus and Geiger Counter,” said Phil Hronec, farm manager of Melnyk’s Winding Oaks Farm “Eugene Melnyk is fully committed to the success of Marchfield’s stallion career. He will be well supported.”
Marchfield finished first or second in 15 or 23 races, earned $1,040,161, and recorded four consecutive triple digit Beyer Speed Figure on both Polytrack and turf.
Byrne added, “We at Park Stud are very appreciative and fortunate to be given the opportunity to stand a champion son of A. P. Indy with the ability, pedigree, and conformation of Marchfield.”
Marchfield is a half brother to stakes winner Congor Bay and is out of United States graded stakes winner and Canadian Broodmare of the Year Pico Teneriffe (by Red Ransom).