Hold That Tiger, 10th on the first-crop sires list by progeny earnings, is scheduled to stand at Alain Regnier's Haras de la Haie Neuve in France. According to bloodstock agent Emmanuel de Seroux, the deal is expected to be completed shortly.
A 7-year-old son of Storm Cat, Hold That Tiger was based at Ashford Stud near Versailles, Ky. His 19 winners include stakes winners Old Man Buck and Mikimoto's Mojo. A two-time stakes winner, Old Man Buck ran third in the Lane's End Breeders' Futurity (gr. I). Hold That Tiger has progeny earnings approaching $900,000.
Hold That Tiger earned a Cartier Award as Europe's top 2-year-old of 2002 and was twice grade I-placed in the U.S. Out of the stakes-winning Caveat mare Beware of the Cat, he is a half-brother to Belmont Stakes (gr. I) winner Editor's Note.
Hold That Tiger will take the place of another son of Storm Cat, recently deceased High Yield, at Haras de la Haie Neuve. A grade I winner, High Yield stood at several locales before ending up at Haras de la Haie Neuve.
High Yield, who began his stallion career in the U.S., was enjoying a fine season, with seven stakes winners to his credit. A son, Alezzandro, won the Canadian classic Prince of Wales Stakes and ran second in another, the Queen's Plate Stakes. A daughter, High Again, captured the Bonnie Miss Stakes (gr. II) and placed in three graded events this year.
Bred in Pennsylvania by Brushwood Stable, High Yield was bought for $1.05 million at the 1998 Keeneland July yearling sale by Coolmore Stud associate Demi O'Byrne. Eaton Sales consigned as agent.
High Yield was a three-time grade I winner, capturing the Hopeful Stakes at 2 and the Toyota Blue Grass and Fountain of Youth Stakes at 3. He competed in both the 2000 Kentucky Derby (gr. I) and Preakness Stakes (gr. I), finishing unplaced in both, then was retired a month after the later race because of a fractured sesamoid.
High Yield was retired with wins and placings in 11 of 14 races and earnings of $1,170,196. Trained by D. Wayne Lukas, he raced for Coolmore managing partner John Magnier and his wife, Susan, in partnership with Robert and Beverly Lewis and Coolmore associate Michael Tabor. He entered stud at Ashford Stud in 2001. Ashford, a satellite of Irish-based Coolmore Stud, is located near Versailles, Ky.
As a stallion, High Yield sired 14 stakes winners. He also stood at Coolmore Australia and at Haras La Quebrada in Argentina. He was scheduled to stand at Hill 'n' Dale Farms near Lexington in 2006, but instead was relocated to Haras de la Haie Neuve.
High Yield was produced from the stakes-winning Forty Niner mare Scoop the Gold.