The price that WinStar Farms and Taylor Made Farm paid for Our Emblem, the sire of Triple Crown hopeful War Emblem, was $10.1-million, according to WinStar president Doug Cauthen.
WinStar and Taylor Made announced Wednesday that 11-year-old Our Emblem would stand the 2003 season at Taylor Made in Nicholasville, Ky. for a fee to be determined later.
Our Emblem's top earner, War Emblem, won the Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes and in the Belmont Stakes on June 8 will attempt to become the first horse since Affirmed in 1978 to win the coveted Triple Crown.
Cauthen said the new owners of the stallion decided to release the figure paid for Our Emblem to end speculation that had led to published reports of varying incorrect amounts that WinStar and Taylor Made had paid the Our Emblem syndicate. Our Emblem stood the 2002 breeding season at E. Allen and Audrey Murray's Murmur Farm in Maryland.
The leading North American sire this year with progeny earnings of more than $3.5-million, Our Emblem has also been represented by Arkansas Derby (gr. II) winner Private Emblem and May 18 Railbird Stakes (gr. III) winner September Secret this year. All three stakes winners are from Our Emblem's second crop of 51 foals.