Grade I winner Stroll is back at the Hancock family’s Claiborne Farm near Paris, Ky., after standing the last two breeding seasons at Azienda Agricola Mediterraneo in Italy under a lease arrangement. Nine-year-old Stroll, who stood his first three seasons at Claiborne, arrived Aug. 9.
A Claiborne homebred, Stroll stood his first two years at stud for $7.500. He is represented by seven stakes horses from his first crop, 3-year-olds this year, and one stakes performer from his second crop. Five of his first-crop members are stakes winners, including 2008 Canadian champion 2-year-old filly Van Lear Rose and 2009 graded winner Afternoon Stroll. The latter captured this year’s Appalachian Stakes (gr. IIIT) at Keeneland and ran third in the $200,000 American 1000 Guineas Stakes on grass at Arlington Park.
Stroll was one of the better turf performers from his crop. He won the 2004 Woodford Reserve Turf Classic Stakes (gr. IT) at Churchill Downs, plus the 2003 Jamaica (gr. IIT) and National Museum of Racing Hall of Fame (gr. IIT) Handicaps in New York, the Calder Derby (gr. IIIT), and the Lamplighter Stakes at Monmouth.
By Claiborne stallion Pulpit out of English group-placed Maid for Walking (by Prince Sabo), Stroll is a half-brother to stakes winner Patrol. A fee for 2010 will be announced later.