Edited press release
It was announced Aug. 6 that the Storm Cat horse Seeking the Dia, a five-time stakes winner, four-time group winner, and earner of more than $5 million, will join the stallion roster at John G. Sikura’s Hill 'n’ Dale Farms near Lexington for the 2009 breeding season.
Seeking the Dia broke his maiden at two and won his next three starts, including the Arlington Cup (Jpn-III) at a mile, as well as the New Zealand Trophy (Jpn-II), previously won by his dam Seeking the Pearl.
Though he accumulated earnings of over $1 million on the turf, it was his switch to dirt in his 4-year-old season where Seeking the Dia found his championship form. Throughout his career, Seeking the Dia won or placed in 15 group events, 10 of which were group Is, including consecutive runner-up efforts in the 2005 and 2006 Japan Cup Dirt (Jpn-I). He scored in races ranging from seven furlongs to 1 1/4 miles on dirt and turf. At season's end, he was co-Highweight Older Male Dirt Horse in Japan.
Seeking the Dia was bred in Kentucky by Richard Santulli's Jayeff “B” Stables and is out of French and European champion Seeking the Pearl, by Seeking the Gold.
Seeking the Dia hails from the female family of prominent North American and European champion sire Lyphard.
“We are extremely pleased to be able to offer a horse like Seeking the Dia to American breeders,” said Sikura. “We live in an ever-shrinking world, and this horse is the complete package who, similar to Heatseeker, should garner a true international audience. He was an elite performer from a great female family. He’s by Storm Cat and really looks the part.”
A stud fee has not yet been determined for Seeking the Dia.