Grade I winner Mass Media
and promising first-crop sire Gibson County will stand in 2007 at John Sykes' Cloverleaf Farms II near Reddick, Fla.
A 5-year-old son of Touch Gold
, Mass Media won his first two races as a 2-year-old by a combined 33 1/4 lengths at Louisiana Downs. Over the next three years, he raced against some of nation's top sprinters and milers.
As a 3-year-old, Mass Media registered a 115 Beyer Speed Figure in winning the seven-furlong Sport Page Handicap (gr. III) over Lion Tamer
in 1:21.10 at Aqueduct. The following year, he captured the seven-furlong Forego Stakes (gr. I) over Battle Won and Silver Wagon at Saratoga.
Mass Media, who also won the Fly So Free Stakes at Belmont Park at 3, placed in the Metropolitan (gr. I), Hill 'n' Dale Cigar Mile (gr. I), True North Breeders' Cup (gr. II), and Alfred G. Vanderbilt (gr. II) Handicaps in New York and the San Fernando Breeders' Cup Stakes (gr. II) in California during his career.
Mass Media was retired for stallion duty for the 2006 breeding season, but later was returned to training after not having covered any mares. It was in 2006 when he placed in the Met Mile and Alfred G. Vanderbilt.
Bred in Kentucky by Charlotte Weber's Live Oak Stud, Mass Media retired with six wins from 21 races and earnings of $569,740 for Gary and Mary West. His dam, Sultry Allure (by Forty Niner), is a half-sister to grade I winners Sultry Song and Solar Splendor and grade III winner Strategic Mission
Mass Media will stand for $5,000 live foal.
Gibson County, a stakes-winning 9-year-old son of In Excess
, topped the first-crop sires list by progeny earnings in late spring. He currently is represented by six winners from 14 foals from his initial crop, including stakes winner Genuine Talent.
Gibson County, who is out of the Winrightt mare Miss Gibson County, formerly stood at J.B. and Jocelyn McKathan's McKathan Farm near Reddick Fla.
His $3,500 fee is $1,000 more than what he stood for 2006.