B. Wayne Hughes' No Armistice, a graded stakes-placed son of Unbridled, will enter stud for the 2004 breeding season at The Pons family's Country Life Farm near Bel Air, Md. Out of the stakes-winning Hold Your Peace mare Ataentsic, the 6-year-old No Armistice will command a fee of $3,000 and will stand as the property of Hughes and Country Life.
Hughes and Country Life have previously teamed up with Malibu Moon, a son of A.P. Indy who was recently relocated to Castleton Farm in Kentucky. Malibu Moon got off to a hot start at stud with two-time graded stakes winner Perfect Moon emerging from his first crop to race.
"We lost leading sire Allen's Prospect after surgery last week and with Malibu Moon now in the Bluegrass, we have two big empty stalls," said Country Life manager Josh Pons. "Unbridled yearlings sold huge at Keeneland (September sale) last week, and they don't make any more babies by Unbridled."
Unbridled died in October of 2001. The 1990 classic winner and champion 3-year-old was the third leading sire by average during the select sessions of the Keeneland sale. Those yearlings were from his last crop. The sire of 36 stakes winners, including the 2003 classic-winning 3-year-old Empire Maker, Unbridled is currently the seventh leading sire by progeny earnings in 2003.
No Armistice won four of 14 starts and placed in seven others under the care of trainer Ron Ellis and earned $211,200. He broke his maiden in his second start on April 8, 2000 at Santa Anita, getting 6 1/2 furlongs in 1:15.97. At 5, he finished second to sprint champion Kona Gold in the six-furlong Los Angeles Handicap (gr .III) at Hollywood Park (run in 1:08.72) and ran third behind sprint champion Orientate and Binthebest in the 6 1/2-furlong Aristides Handicap (gr. II). This year, he ran third in the 5 1/2-furlong El Conejo Handicap (gr. III) at Santa Anita (run in :56.50) on Jan. 1.
No Armistice, a $230,000 Keeneland July yearling purchase in 1998 by Hughes from Gainesway Farm, agent, is a half-brother to grade III stakes-placed Bick (by Manila). Their dam, the Tartan Farm-bred Ataentsic, won two stakes and placed in six others while earning $188,142.
Ataentsic is a full or half-sister to two stakes winners and two stakes-placed horses. Out of the Secretariat mare Mythographer, Ataentsic is a half-sister to $521,350-earner and classic-placed Heart of Joy. Heart of Joy won four graded stakes including the 1993 Palomar Handicap (gr. IIT), 1992 San Simeon Handicap (gr. IIIT), and the 1990 Nell Gywn Stakes (Eng-III). As a 3-year-old she was second in both the General Accident One Thousand Guineas (Eng-I) and the Goffs Irish One Thousand Guineas (Ire-I). Ataentsic is a full sister to stakes winner Uene and is a half-sister to stakes-placed runners Cisco Road and Mythomania.