True Direction, a graded stakes winner by French Deputy, will stand in 2007 at Keane Stud near Amenia, N.Y., under the management of Greg Garofalo's Topsmeade.
True Direction, who broke his maiden by a dozen lengths at Aqueduct, won the Fall Highweight Handicap (gr. III) under 134 pounds and the Hirsch Jacobs Stakes and placed in three stakes, including the Riva Ridge Breeders' Cup Stakes (gr. II). At Belmont Park, he won in a scorching 1:07.86 for six furlongs after setting a :43.53 half-mile fraction.
A 7-year-old, True Direction won eight of 19 races and earned $348,570. He is out of the Tank's Prospect mare Ms Paragon, who is a half-sister to stakes winner Encolure. His second dam, graded stakes winner Jabot, is a half-sister to prominent sire Big Spruce.
"I am very excited about bringing True Direction to New York," Garofalo said. "True Direction has everything to make a successful sire. He consistently showed tremendous speed, including running 1:07 4/5 at Belmont Park, he could carry weight, winning with 134 pounds in the Fall Highweight, he has size, standing at 16.2, he has excellent conformation, and he descends from a sires family. The ownership and I will be strongly supporting True Direction."
True Direction will stand for the same $3,000 fee that he stood for at Lou-Roe Farm near Morriston, Fla.