Silver Deputy, one of North America’s top veteran stallions, is facing an uncertain future in the breeding shed. The 23-year-old son of Deputy Minister found it increasingly difficult to get mares in foal during the 2008 breeding season, according to Ric Waldman, who manages the bay horse’s stallion career.
In 2007, when Silver Deputy was bred to 65 mares, he got approximately 60% of them in foal, Waldman reported. This year, the stallion’s in-foal rate was about the same at the beginning of the breeding season, “but his fertility decreased as we progressed deeper into the season,” Waldman said.
No decision has been made about whether Silver Deputy will return to the breeding shed in 2009.
Silver Deputy, who is owned by a syndicate, stands at Fred Seitz’s Brookdale Farm near Versailles, Ky. The stallion is the sire of 74 stakes winners. His offspring include Silverbulletday, the champion 2-year-old filly of 1998 and the champion 3-year-old filly in 1999, and Canadian champions Deputy Inxs, Archers Bay, Deputy Jane West, Scotzana, Poetically, and Larkwhistle.
International Thoroughbred Breeders bred Silver Deputy in Canada and sold him, through Parrish Hill Farm, for $200,000 to Windfields Farm at the 1986 Fasig-Tipton Kentucky July select yearling auction. Carrying Windfields’ colors, Silver Deputy won both of his career races, including the Swynford Stakes at Woodbine.