Menifee, who ran second in both the 1999 Kentucky Derby (gr. I) and Preakness Stakes (gr. I), has been sold to the Korean Racing Association to continue his stallion career. The 10-year-old son of Harlan stood all seven years at Arthur B. Hancock III's Stone Farm near Paris, Ky."We received a very good offer from the Korean group," said Hancock, who owned him with James H. Stone. "He'll be leaving in the middle of the month."Menifee, whom Hancock bred and named after a nearby county, was one of the top 3-year-olds of his year while racing for the two men. He captured the Haskell Invitational Handicap (gr. I) and Toyota Blue Grass Stakes (gr. I). In addition to his two classic efforts to subsequent Horse of the Year Charismatic, Menifee registered grade I placings in the Travers Stakes and Super Derby.Menifee, who is out of Kentucky Broodmare of the Year Anne Campbell (by Never Bend) has sired the earners of $6.5 million. His 10 stakes winners include graded winners Burnish, Letgomyecho, and Taittinger Rose.
Gato Del Sol, the 1982 Kentucky Derby (gr. I) winner and Belmont Stakes (gr. I) runner-up who died Aug. 7, not only boasted a Hall of Fame sire in Cougar II, but a female family from which many fine runners descend.