Grade I winners Buzzards Bay and Fastness will stand in 2009 at Boggs Shoemaker’s Timber Ridge Farm near Felton, Pa.
Six-year-old Buzzards Bay was retired earlier this year with seven wins from 26 races and earnings of $1,428,141. He ran fifth in the 2005 Kentucky Derby (gr. I), won by Giacomo, a colt he had beaten in the Santa Anita Derby (gr. I) in his previous start. Buzzards Bay also defeated Wilko and champion filly Sweet Catomine in the Santa Anita Derby. Owned at the time by Fog City Stable and trained by Jeff Mullins,
Buzzards Bay was sold that summer to Gary and Wendy Broad for $725,000 at the Fasig-Tipton Kentucky July horses of racing age sale.
For Gary Broad and new trainer Ron Ellis, Buzzards Bay won the 2006 Oaklawn (gr. II) and All-American (gr. III) Handicaps. In 2007, he captured the Californian Stakes (gr. II) and set a track-record at Santa Anita. He was graded stakes-placed three times in his career.
Buzzards Bay (Marco Bay—Lifes Lass, by Seneca Jones) will stand for Broad for $5,000, or $2,500 if the mare foals in Pennsylvania.
Fastness, a two-time grade I winner and millionaire who ran second in the 1995 Breeders’ Cup Mile (gr. IT), formerly stood at Fox Tale Stud near Coopersburg, Pa. He has sired Canadian champion and classic winner Le Cinquieme Essai, who earned $1,340,908.
Fastness also sired eight other stakes horses. He has progeny earnings of $4.6 million.
Eighteen-year-old Fastness (Rousillon—City Fortress, by Troy) is a half-brother to multiple Hong Kong champion Desert Boy. He will stand for $3,500, or $2,000 if the mare foals in Pennsylvania, according to syndicate manager Jane White.