, who leads all North American sires with 18 stakes winners and 24 stakes wins, will stand in 2007 for a fee of $225,000, up from $150,000. It is the third-highest 2007 fee announced so far, trailing only Storm Cat
's $500,000 fee and the $300,000 fee for A.P. Indy
. Distorted Humor, who stands at Bill Casner and Kenny Troutt's WinStar Farm near Versailles, Ky., also ranks seventh on the leading sires list.
"In 2006, Distorted Humor is the No. 1 sire of stakes winners, with 18 individual stakes winners, and the co-leading sire of graded (or group) stakes winners, with eight," said farm president Doug Cauthen. "He is truly fulfilling the prophecy of a great sire, and we are blessed to have him here at WinStar."
"He can get you a serious runner at any distance, on any surface, and at any age,"Cauthen added. "He's the real deal. We decided to set his fee at $225,000 in an effort to provide breeders with good value, and to keep the momentum going with the ever increasing mare quality of each book. Last year's book was outstanding, and this one will exceed that. WinStar is breeding our top mare, She's a Winner, the dam of Bluegrass Cat, to Distorted Humor in 2007. We're really excited about the future."
Thirteen-year-old Distorted Humor (Forty Niner--Danzig's Beauty, by Danzig) has sired 46 stakes winners from five crops of racing age. He began his stud career for $12,500.