Roses in May to Stand at Big Red Farm in Japan
Millionaire Roses in May, whose recent retirement because of a torn tendon was announced by owner Ken Ramsey, will stand at Shigeyuki Okada's Big Red Farm in Niikkap on the Japanese island of Hokkaido. Ramsey and his wife, Sarah, had sold Okada an interest in the breeding rights--more than 80%--in the 5-year-old son of Devil His Due in the spring. Okada, who also owns Ruffian Turfman Club, is no stranger in pursuing top horses. He has been a leading buyer at various sales, and aggressively chased the eventual sale-topper, a Sunday Silence colt that brought ¥333-million ($2,791,878), at a 2003 sale in Japan before losing out.Roses in May, like Sunday Silence, is from the Halo sire line. Roses in May, who is a great-grandson of Halo and out of the Speak John mare Tell a Secret, scored his major win in this year's Dubai World Cup (UAE-I) and retired with earnings of $5,490,187.