Sprint champion Artax, New York's third-leading sire in 2006, has arrived for stallion duty at Keane Stud near Amenia, N.Y.
Artax, who won the 1999 Breeders' Cup Sprint (gr. I) his championship year, sired four stakes winners and the earners of $2.6 million in 2006. The group was led by Diabolical, who won three stakes in Pennsylvania and Delaware, and Gimme Credit, a stakes winner at Saratoga and Belmont Park. Another of the 2006 stakes winners, Tax Refund, is stakes-placed this year at Oaklawn Park.
Artax's earlier stakes winners include New York grade I winner Friendly Michelle. Artax has career progeny earnings of $7 million
Twelve-year-old Artax (Marquetry--Raging Apalachee, by Apalachee) will stand for $6,500 live foal. He formerly stood at Metropolitan Stud near Pine Plains, N.Y.