Eugene and Laura Melnyk's Winding Oaks Farm has welcomed its first stallion prospect. Millionaire Graeme Hall, a 5-year-old son of champion Dehere, has arrived at the Ocala, Fla., farm and will enter stud there in 2003. Eugene Melnyk bought Graeme Hall for $200,000 at the 1998 Keeneland September yearling sale.
Bred by Sabine Stables and trained by Todd Pletcher, Graeme Hall experienced his best season as a 3-year-old of 2000 when he took the Arkansas Derby (gr. II) and Jim Dandy Stakes (gr. II). His other stakes wins came the following year in the Eclipse (Can-II) and Stuyvesant (gr. III) Handicaps. Graeme Hall also placed in seven added-money races, including last year's Cigar Mile Handicap (gr. I) and this year's New Orleans Handicap (gr. II).
Graeme Hall, who was produced from the Crafty Prospector mare Win Crafty Lady, is a half-brother to stakes winner Harmony Lodge. His fee is $7,500. Melnyk completed the deal to buy Winding Oaks, formerly Harry Mangurian Jr.'s Mockingbird Farm, earlier this year.