Alphabet Soup and Touch Gold have both returned to Frank Stronach's Adena Springs near Paris, Ky., where they will stand in 2014. Both stallions had stood the last three breeding seasons at McMahon of Saratoga Thoroughbreds near Saratoga Springs, N.Y.
"We would like to thank Joe and Anne and the entire McMahon family for the wonderful job they did in standing these stallions during the past three seasons", said Adena Springs' general manager Eric Hamelback in a release. "We really appreciate their efforts and their horsemanship and we are very grateful to the New York breeders for their support of both stallions. We look forward to making both of them available to the Kentucky market once again."
Alphabet Soup, winner of the 1996 Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I), is by Cozzene out of the Arts and Letters mare Illiterate. Bred in Pennsylvania by Southeast Associates, he is the sire of 47 stakes winners, including this year's New York Turf Writers Cup Steeplechase Handicap (NSA-I) winner Italian Wedding, and 2013 grade II victors Egg Drop and Alpha Bettor.
Touch Gold (Deputy Minister—Passing Mood, by Buckpasser), winner of the 1997 Belmont Stakes (gr. I), is the sire of 31 stakes winners. Bred in Kentucky by Holtsinger, Hill 'n' Dale Farm, and Star Stable, he has progeny earnings of nearly $36.6 million.
Stud fees for Alphabet Soup and Touch Gold have not yet been announced.