Graded stakes winners Blazonry and Southern Africa will stand in 2009 at Randy Leighton’s Running Horse Farm near Stevinson, Calif. Eight-year-old Blazonry, who won the Lazaro Barrera Memorial Stakes (gr. II) at Hollywood Park, formerly stood at Hopewell Farm near Midway, Ky.
Blazonry, by Hennessy, is out of the Alydar mare Altair and is a half-brother to the dam of English group I winner Balmont. Blazonry’s first foals are yearlings, and one sold for $140,000 at the Fasig-Tipton Kentucky July sale.
Six-year-old Southern Africa, who will enter stud in 2009, won or placed in a dozen of 28 races and earned $739,968, most of it for Al and Saundra Kirkwood. The Kentucky-bred son of Cape Town initially raced in England, where he was stakes-placed and a two-time winner at 2 in 2004. Returned to the United States that year, he ran fourth in the Hollywood Futurity (gr. I) behind subsequent champion Declan’s Moon, Giacomo, and Wilko.
Southern Africa won three stakes, including the Walmac Lone Star Derby (gr. III), and placed in a six added-money races, four of which were graded.
Southern Africa, who is out of English group-placed Al Fahda (by Be My Chief), is owned by Robert Harmon, who manages Blazonry.
Blazonry and Southern Africa each will stand for $2,500. The fee will be $1,500 for the first 20 mares booked to each stallion.