Kela to Stand at Margaux Farm

Kela, a grade I-winning sprinter who ran second in last year's Breeders' Cup Sprint (gr. I) to champion Speightstown  , will stand at Margaux Farm near Midway, Ky., in 2006.

The 7-year-old son of Numerous out of the Sovereign Dancer mare Bolshoi Comedy is being syndicated. His stud fee will be $7,500.

Kela, owned by Jay Manoogian and trained by Mike Mitchell, has not started since finishing third in the Deputy Minister Handicap (gr. III) in early February, his only start of the year. It was announced in early May that he had been retired with an ankle injury.

Unraced at two, Kela made 26 starts from three to seven, winning eight and earning $1,022,527. Last summer and fall he went from being a good sprinter to a very good sprinter. He won the Bing Crosby Breeders' Cup Handicap (gr. I) and Pat O'Brien Breeders' Cup Handicap (gr. II), both at Del Mar, before his start in the Breeders' Cup Sprint at Lone Star.

In the Breeders' Cup, Kela was extremely wide in the stretch before closing ground to finish just 1 1/4 lengths behind Speightstown.

He made two more starts, finishing fourth in the Vernon Underwood (gr. III) prior to the Deputy Minister.

Kela was bred in Kentucky by Ken Ellenberg in the name Cypress Farms 1991. He made most of his starts for Aaron and Marie Jones, who purchased him for $150,000 as a yearling. His last six races were for Manoogian.

"He fits the profile we look for in a Margaux stallion...an honest, talented, tough horse capable of campaigning over a number of seasons in grade I company," Steve Johnson, co-owner and manager of Margaux said. "He's a big, strong, correct horse with imposing presence and a great disposition. We believe that he will sire the type of runner that will flourish in the speed/dirt-biased American racing market."

The other owners of Margaux are Dr. Ira Mersack and Dr. Joseph Fowler Jr.

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