Wilko Moves to Alberta's Highfield Stock Farm
by Blood-Horse Staff
Date Posted: 9/21/2012 3:11:08 PM
Last Updated: 9/22/2012 11:18:03 AM
Breeder's Cup Juvenile (gr. I) winner Wilko will stand the 2013 breeding season at Highfield Stock Farm near Alberta, Canada. A fee will be announced later.
Wilko began his stallion career in 2008 with Frank Stronach's Adena Springs and stood most recently at Adena Springs North near Aurora, Ontario, Canada.
By Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) winner Awesome Again , Wilko ranked as Canada's leading first crop sire by winners in 2011. He currently leads Canada's second crop stallions by winners with 15 so far this year, including group II-placed runner Don Carlos R. and the 2-year-old filly Qiaona, who ran second in the Sept. 15 Barretts Debutante at Fairplex Park.
Wilko's 2004 Breeders' Cup victory over eventual dual-Classic winner Afleet Alex was one of his 12 starts as a 2-year-old. The chestnut colt went on to place in the Santa Anita Derby (gr. I), Santa Anita Handicap (gr. I), Hollywood Futurity (gr. I), and Dubai World Cup (UAE-I).
"Wilko was not only precocious but was very sound and durable throughout his entire career," said Highfield Stock Farm manager Cal Britton in a release. "Wilko is a welcome addition to the Alberta and Western Canada stallion ranks."
Adena Springs and the Stronach family will continue their support of Wilko at Highfield.
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