Vindication, the unbeaten champion 2-year-old male of 2002 whose retirement from racing was announced earlier this month, will begin his stallion career for $50,000 live foal, a full $10,000 more than what freshman leader Came Home commanded during the 2003 season. The son of Seattle Slew out of the Strawberry Road mare Strawberry Reason has arrived at John Sikura's Hill 'n' Dale Farm near Lexington and will be available for viewing during the Keeneland yearling sale.
"We at the farm are excited to be managing the career of one of the finest racehorses and stallion prospects of recent years," said farm owner John Sikura. "Hill 'n' Dale and clients will be supporting the stallion with their very best mares which includes champion Silverbulletday among many others. The reception to Vindication has been overwhelming."
Vindication, whose half-brother went for $1.9 million at the Saratoga yearling sale, raced for Satish and Anne Sanan's Padua Stables. "This is the type of horse you own once in a lifetime," said the couple's daughter, Nadia. "We intend to support him with all of our best mares so as to afford him every opportunity to develop into a leading sire."
Hill 'n' Dale purchased a portion of Vindication's breeding rights following the colt's victory in the Bessemer Trust Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I). Seattle Slew's son, A.P. Indy, currently heads the 2003 general sires list.