Stud Plans for Will He Shine, Senor Swinger, Gibson County

Grade II winner Will He Shine has been purchased by Ro Parra's Millennium Farms. The 5-year-old son of Silver Deputywill enter stud at Millennium near Lexington after his retirement from racing.

A $650,000 Keeneland September yearling, Will He Shine has won five of 15 races and earned $331,041. He captured this year's True North Handicap (gr. II) at six furlongs in 1:08.70 at Belmont Park. His three stakes-placings include efforts in the Churchill Downs Stakes (gr. II) and Gravesend Handicap (gr. III).

Bred in Kentucky by Verne H. Winchell, Will He Shine is a half-brother to grade I winner Cuvee. His dam, the winning Star de Naskra mare Christmas Star, is a half-sister to grade I winner Olympio and grade II winner Call Now.

Will He Shine's fee will be announced later.

Grade II winner Senor Swinger will begin his stallion career in 2008 at Charles B. Lyman III's Maui Meadow Farm near West Chester, Pa. His fee will be $4,000 live foal.

A 7-year-old son of El Prado, Senor Swinger was a stakes winner four consecutive years and a graded stakes winner in two of them. His graded wins came in the Jefferson Cup (gr. IIIT) and Crown Royal American Turf (gr. IIIT) Stakes in 2003 and the Belmont Breeders' Cup (gr. IIT) and Arlington (gr. IIIT) Handicaps the following year.

Senor Swinger, who won a total of seven stakes, retired with 10 wins from 37 races and earnings of $964,537, of which $882,397 was earned on grass. He is out of the winning Kris S. mare Smooth Swinger.

Gibson County, a 10-year-old son of In Excess, will stand in 2008 at Michael O'Farrell's Ocala Stud Farms near Ocala, Fla. A fee has not been announced.

As a freshman sire last year, Gibson County was represented by six winners from 14 foals, including stakes winner Genuine Talent. So far this year, he has six juvenile winners, including graded stakes-placed American County.

Gibson County, who is out of the Winrightt mare Miss Gibson County, won three stakes, placed in eight others, and earned $376,465. He stood the 2007 season at Cloverleaf Farms II near Reddick, Fla.

 

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