Jade Hunter, whose daughter Azeri ranks as North America’s leading money-earning distaffer, has been pensioned from stallion duty. The 25-year-old son of Mr. Prospector arrived July 8 at Old Friends retirement farm near Georgetown, Ky. He stood the last several breeding seasons at Dutchess Views Farm near Pine Plains, N.Y.
A two-time grade I winner, Jade Hunter began his stallion career at Allen E. Paulson’s Brookside Farms near Versailles, Ky. Paulson had purchased an interest in Jade Hunter shortly after the horse won the Donn Handicap (gr. I) at Gulfstream Park in 1988 for Bruce McNall’s Summa Stable. Jade Hunter won the Gulfstream Park Handicap (gr. I) three weeks later for the partnership in what was his final start.
Jade Hunter has sired 46 stakes winners and earners of $40 million, with Azeri earning $4,079,820. Campaigned by the Allen E. Paulson Living Trust, Azeri earned four championships, including 2002 Horse of the Year the year she took the Breeders’ Cup Distaff (gr. I). Azeri was named champion older female from 2002-04.
Jade Hunter’s other top winners include three-time grade I turf winner Yagli, grade I winners Diazo and Stuka, and such other graded winners as Halory Hunter, Jade Flush, and Midway Road.
Bred in Kentucky by E. A. Cox, Jade Hunter was bought for $700,000 by Sheikh Mohammed’s Darley Stud Management at the 1985 Keeneland July yearling sale from Eaton-Williams, agent for Cox. Jade Hunter raced in England and in North America for Sheikh Mohammed before McNall bought him. His best efforts for the sheikh came in runner-up efforts in the 1987 Widener (gr. I) and Seminole (gr. II) Handicaps. Trained in North America by Richard J. Lundy, Jade Hunter won six of 14 races and earned $407,206.
Jade Hunter,out of the Pharly mare Jadana, also stood at John Sikura’s Hill ‘n’ Dale Farms near Lexington and shuttled overseas numerous years.
The decision to send Jade Hunter to Old Friends was made by the Paulson Trust, which is run by siblings Jim and Vicky Paulson.
“It’s a great honor to have Jade Hunter here,” said Old Friends president and founder Michael Blowen. “We’re so grateful to the Paulson family for considering us and to the people at Hill ‘n’ Dale farm for helping to make the arrangements. Jade Hunter will be paddocked near Polish Navy and Glitterman, and we're looking forward to all of his many fans paying him a visit.”