More Than Ready, Congrats Move to WinStar
by Blood-Horse Staff
Date Posted: 1/16/2013 1:20:45 PM
Last Updated: 1/23/2013 1:24:52 PM

More Than Ready
Photo: Tom Hall

Major sires More Than Ready   and Congrats   head a group of five stallions that have been relocated to Kenny Troutt's WinStar Farm near Versailles, Ky.

The group also includes Kodiak Kowboy, Pure Prize, and Street Hero  . The five represent the remainder of the stallions that formerly stood at Vinery Ltd. near Lexington. Last month, former Vinery stallions Pioneerof the Nile   and Maimonides were moved to WinStar.

"These are exciting times at WinStar, and we're thrilled to be able to welcome these terrific stallions to the WinStar family as we get set to open the doors on our new state-of-the-art stallion complex," said Elliott Walden, president and CEO at WinStar, in a statment. "We've already enjoyed overwhelming response from breeders since adding Maimonides and Pioneerof the Nile, and we're thankful that the shareholders of these five stallions have shown confidence in WinStar too."

"Vinery has done a terrific job with these stallions, and we will strive to be good stewards of all of their careers," Walden added. "What a great way to baptize our new stallion facility with proven horses like More Than Ready, Congrats, and Pure Prize, as well as promising young stallions like Kodiak Kowboy and Street Hero. They complement our roster extremely well, and we look forward to our greatest days ahead of us."

Vinery CEO Tom Ludt gave an endorsement to WinStar. "With the announcement of the selling of the farm earlier this year, we knew this day would come," Ludt said. "I am proud of what we accomplished with these stallions, and am excited to see them continue their careers at a place like WinStar."

More Than Ready (Southern HaloWoodman's Girl, by Woodman) comes to WinStar with global success that has seen the stallion develop into an important sire in both the Northern and Southern Hemispheres. He has sired 63 stakes winners including 21 graded winners in the Northern Hemisphere, and 49 stakes winners including 25 group stakes winners in the Southern Hemisphere, primarily in Australia and New Zealand. His fee in 2013 will remain $60,000.

Congrats (A.P. IndyPraise, by Mr. Prospector) has quickly ascended as one of the leading young heirs to his sire. He was the leading first-crop sire in 2010 and ranked among the leading third-crop sires in 2012 with progeny earnings of more than $3.7 million. Congrats will stand in 2013 for $35,000.

Pure Prize (Storm CatHeavenly Prize, by Seeking the Gold) has sired 46 stakes winners and 58 stakes-placed runners. His 2013 fee is $7,500.

Street Hero (Street Cry  Squall Linda, by Summer Squall) sired the earners of more than $360,000 as a freshman stallion in 2012. His 2013 fee is $5,000.

Kodiak Kowboy (Posse  Kokadrie, by Coronado's Quest) was champion sprinter in 2009. His first foals are 2-year-olds. He will stand in 2013 for $6,500.

The five stallions will take up residence at WinStar's new stallion complex that is set to open next month.



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