A winner of the Malibu Stakes (gr. I) in 2006 and San Carlos Handicap earlier this year, Latent Heat will stand as property of a syndicate for $15,000.
This will be Woods Edge Farm’s first stallion to stand in the U.S. Woods Edge Farm is owned by the O'Callaghan family and run by Peter O'Callaghan. A leading consignor in North America for the last five years, Woods Edge Farm also has sister farms in Ireland -- Yeomanstown and Morristown Lattin Studs -- which currently stand five stallions.
"We are delighted to have a horse of his caliber as our first Kentucky stallion," O'Callaghan said. "He has all of the important ingredients that are necessary for today's breeders—a high-class racehorse with great natural speed, good looks and a beautiful pedigree to back it up. Also, Latent Heat offers breeders a much-needed outcross, especially in light of the unfortunate and premature loss of his highly regarded sire."
Maria's Mon was euthanized Sept. 14 at 14 due to "multiple organ dysfunction." Champion 2-year-old colt of 1995, Maria's Mon is the sire of 34 stakes winners, including 2001 Kentucky Derby (gr. I) winner Monarcos and last year's champion 3-year-old filly Wait a While.
The 4-year-old colt is trained by Bobby Frankel. Latent Heat won or placed in nine of 12 starts, four graded stakes, earning in excess of $450,000. Latent Heat ran second in the Long Branch Breeders' Cup Stakes (gr. III) and third in the Santa Catalina Stakes (gr. II)
Latent Heat is out of the Capote mare True Flare, a stakes winner on two continents. She won the Prix Roland de Chambure and Prix du Pont-Neuf in France, and in the United States won the Rare Perfume Breeders' Cup Handicap (gr. IIT) and San Clemente Handicap (gr. IIT). She is the dam of three other stakes horses: the grade II-winning Indian Flare (by Cherokee Run), grade III-winning Art Master (Royal Academy), and stakes-placed Real Trust (Danzig).