Chapel Royal, a prominent first-crop sire nationally, has been acquired by William Schettine’s Signature Stallions for stallion duty at the Ocala, Fla., farm. His 2009 fee is $10,000.
Seven-year-old Chapel Royal is tied for the lead among freshmen sires with 17 juvenile winners and ranks sixth by progeny earnings, with a bankroll of $535,000. His two stakes performers include Advice, who placed in the Arlington-Washington Futurity (gr. III).
Chapel Royal, a Florida-bred, stood his first four years at Ashford Stud near Versailles, Ky., for $10,000. His sire, Montbrook, has been one of Florida’s top sires for years.
“We are doing something a little bit different,” said Bill Bazzell, general manager of Signature Stallions. “We're bringing a successful Kentucky sire back to Florida. William wants Florida breeders to know beyond any doubt that he is committed to Thoroughbred breeding in this state.”
Chapel Royal, a $1.2 million Ocala Breeders’ Sales juvenile, was one of the top 2-year-olds of his year. He won the Sanford (gr. II) and Flash (gr. III) Stakes and placed in three grade I events, including the Bessemer Trust Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (gr. I). He is out of the winning Cutlass mare Cut Class Leanne.