Naylee Farm has leased dual grade I winner Brother Derek from Airdrie Stud for the 2014 season. He will stand at the Summit Point, W.V., property for a $3,500 fee.
"We couldn't be happier to have a horse of Brother Derek's caliber come into our state program," said Mary Moore, farm manager of Naylee. "West Virginia racing and breeding has made extreme progress in the past few years and Brother Derek is another step in the right direction."
During his race career, Brother Derek won five graded stakes, including the 2005 Hollywood Futurity (gr. I) and 2006 Santa Anita Derby (gr. I), and earned more than $1.6 million. Since entering stud in 2009, he has stood at Brereton Jones' Airdrie Stud near Versailles, Ky., where his 2013 fee was $5,000.
There is a possibility that Brother Derek, a son of Benchmark—Miss Soft Sell, by Siyah Kalem, could return to Airdrie at the end of the one-year lease.
Moore noted that the stallion will be the highest earner to stand in West Virginia. He is currently the leading third-crop stallion in both the state and the Mid Atlantic region.
Brother Derek is the sire of stakes winners Miss Derek and Zee Bros, and his progeny have earned a total of $1,574,932. Bred in California by Mary Caldwell, Brother Derek was raced by Cecil Peacock and trained by Dan Hendricks.
"Brother Derek is the kind of horse that generates excitement not just for our state but for the whole Mid Atlantic region," Moore said.