Multiple grade I winner and millionaire General Quarters (Sky Mesa —Ecology, by Unbridled's Song) will stand at Pope McLean's Crestwood Farm near Lexington. His 2014 fee will be $5,000 stands and nurses.
Last year, the 7-year-old stallion stood at HallMarc Stallions at Stonewall Farm Ocala for $7,500.
Victorious in the 2009 Toyota Blue Grass Stakes (gr. I) and the 2010 Woodford Reserve Turf Classic Stakes (gr. IT), General Quarters earned more than $1.2 million in a stellar career on the racetrack for owner and trainer Tom McCarthy.
In addition to his two grade I scores, General Quarters also won the Sam F. Davis Stakes (gr. III), and placed in the Stephen Foster Handicap (gr. I), WinStar Kentucky Cup Stakes (gr. II), New Orleans Handicap (gr. II), and Mineshaft Handicap (gr. III).
Sky Mesa's leading earner, General Quarters broke his maiden first time out as a 2-year old going 4 1/2 furlongs on the dirt at Churchill Downs. A graded stakes winner on dirt, turf, and synthetic surfaces, he retired with a career record of 4-9-2 from 27 starts, for earnings of $1,226,655. Winning races from 4 1/2 to 9 furlongs, he defeated eight grade I winners, and registered five 100-plus Beyer figures.
"We are thrilled to get General Quarters," said McLean. "He was a talented and versatile runner. He is an extremely handsome individual, and I know people will be impressed when they see him."
Bred in Kentucky by Mr. and Mrs. David Randal, General Quarters is a half brother to grade II winner A Shin Top.