Weigelia, a millionaire grandson of Danzig, will enter stud in 2009 at WynOaks Farm near Delta, Pa. He is the farm’s first stallion and will stand for $3,500.
Eight-year-old Weigelia, who specialized in sprinting on the East Coast, won or placed in 33 of 48 races, set two course records, and earned $1,007,708. His first course record came at Monmouth Park, where he ran five furlongs in :55 flat. The second came at Belmont Park, where he went six furlongs in 1:07.04.
By Safely’s Mark, Weigelia won eight stakes and placed in a dozen others. His most notable added-money wins came at Calder Race Course in the Carry Back Stakes (gr. III) and Kenny Noe Jr. Handicap (gr. III). At Saratoga, Weigelia ran second in the King’s Bishop Stakes (gr. I) and third in the Amsterdam Stakes (gr. II) and Troy Stakes (on grass). At Belmont Park, he placed in the Jaipur Stakes (gr. IIIT).
A Florida-bred, Weigelia made his first two starts for his breeder, Shelley Huber, and the remainder for Joseph J. Balsamo. He is out of the stakes-winning Obligato mare Turning North and is inbred 3X3 to Northern Dancer. His second dam is out of a half-sister to champion Davona Dale.
WynOaks is owned by Stephen and Susan Quick in partnership with the latter’s son, Charles “Chip” Wheeler. Wheeler and his wife, Barbara, manage the farm.