Roy, a Florida-bred who reached leading sire status in Argentina and Chile, became the latest to sire 100 stakes winners. He reached the mark when his Argentine-bred son Candidato Roy won the May 8 Bloodstock South African Nursery (SAf-I).
Roy was exported to Chile in 1987 following a North American racing career in which he won three of 17 starts and was twice graded stakes-placed. Most of his 100 stakes winners originated in Chile and more than a quarter of them are group I winners in that country. In his first crop alone, he sired four group I winners, including the champion 2-year-old male and filly
In 1995, John Phillips of Darby Dan Farm near Lexington purchased the son of Fappiano and syndicated him for stallion duty starting in 1996. Roy, who shuttled back to South America for the Southern Hemisphere seasons, sired several stakes winners at Darby Dan, including graded winners Madame Pietra and Winter Garden. The latter won the May 16 Hendrie Handicap (Can-III) at Woodbine for her fourth stakes win. In the spring of 2000, Roy left Darby Dan for good to stand under a lease arrangement at the Argentine nursery Haras Vacacion, where he had stood in 1999.
Roy, who was produced from the Never Bend mare Adlibber, joins fellow 1983 U.S. foal crop members Southern Halo and Storm Cat in the century club.