Rancho Temescal near Piru, Calif., has announced an option for California breeders breeding mares to the farm's stallion Suances in 2010. A release from the farm said breeders will have the option of paying the $3,500 live foal fee, or, for the first 20 approved mares, the fee will be waived by naming Red Barons Barn, which owns the stallion, as co-breeder of the resulting foal.
According to the farm, the breeders' rewards will be shared equally between the mare owner and Red Barons Barn. Red Barons Barn would have no ownership interest, or pay expenses, in the mare or the resulting foal. All costs related to the breeding will be incurred by the mare owner.
A 12-year-old son of Most Welcome bred in Great Britain, Suances was French champion 3-year-old colt of 2000 following victories in the Emirates Airline Prix Jean Prat (Fr-I) and Prix de Guiche (Fr-III). Racing in North America at age 5, Suances won the San Francisco Breeders' Cup Mile Handicap (gr. IIT) at Bay Meadows and Dallas Turf Cup Handicap at Lone Star Park.
The first foals sired by Suances are 3-year-olds of 2009. His best runner to date has been stakes winner Fiesty Suances, who placed second behind Pioneerof the Nile in this year's San Felipe (gr. II).