North Light, an English champion and classic winner, will enter stud at Frank Stronach's Adena Springs Farm near Midway, Ky. The 4-year-old son of deceased Danehill earned a 2004 English championship by winning the Vodafone Epsom Derby (Eng-I) and ran a close second in the Budweiser Irish Derby (Ire-I).
The way things stand now, North Light figures to be one of the few sons of Danehill that will be readily available to North American breeders. So far, he is the only group I-winning son of that stallion committed to North America.
"Danehill is one of the most remarkable successes in Thoroughbred history," Stronach said. "Every time you pick up the race results, you see young sons of Danehill siring top winners all over the world. North Light is the only champion and group I winner by Danehill standing in the United States, and his dam (Sought Out) is a multiple stakes producer and international champion, who beat colts winning a group I race."
Bred in Ireland by the late Lord Weinstock's Ballymacoll Stud Farm, North Light won three of seven starts and earned $1,989,577 in the Ballymacoll silks. North Light also captured last year's Totesport Dante Stakes (Eng-II) and was second in this year's Betfair.com Brigadier Gerard Stakes (Eng-III). He retired from racing in late June because of a pelvic injury.
North Light will be only the fourth Epsom Derby winner since 1986 winner Shahrastani to enter stud in North America. The other two were Quest for Fame and Benny the Dip.
Sought Out, by Rainbow Quest, beat males in winning the 1992 CIGA Prix du Cadran (Fr-I) and was a champion twice in France and once in Germany.
North Light is owned by Stronach in partnership with Michael Daly of Ireland. A stud fee will be announced later.