Stakes-placed Alaazo and 5-year-old Malt Magic will enter stud in 2010 at Jerry and Peggy Woods’ Woodstead Farm near Chehalis, Wash. Both horses raced for Ahmed Zayat’s Zayat Stables and will stand as the property of the outfit. Four-year-old Alaazo will stand for $2,500, and Malt Magic will stand for $1,500. Both fees are live foal, stands and nurses.
A $350,000 Keeneland September yearling, Alaazo won his first two starts, scoring at Monmouth Park at 2 and at Gulfstream Park at 3. He finished fourth in the 2008 Haskell Invitational Stakes (gr. I), won by dual classic winner Big Brown. This year, Alaazo ran second in the Turfway Park Fall Championship Stakes (gr. III) and the Greenwood Cup Stakes. During his career, Alaazo finished first or second in five of 13 starts and earned $220,100.
Alaazo, by A.P. Indyout the grade II-winning Deputy Minister mare Atelier, carries the same A.P. Indy/Deputy Minister cross as champion Rags to Riches. Alaazo’s third dam is Kentucky Broodmare of the Year Courtly Dee, dam of champion Althea.
Malt Magic, a son of Cherokee Runand a $320,000 Keeneland September yearling, won at Del Mar by 9 1/2 lengths at 2 and at Philadelphia Park by 7 3/4 lengths at 3. He ran fourth in the 2006 Boyd Gaming’s Delta Jackpot Stakes (gr. III) for 2-year-olds.
Malt Magic won or placed in seven of 11 starts and earned $142,300. Out of the Last Tycoon mare La Cucina, he is a full brother to grade II winner Sir Cherokeeand a half-brother to grade II winner Miss Isella.
Brett St. Amand BloodStock brokered the deal.