Heritage Hall Retired to Stand in Oklahoma
Grade II-placed Heritage Hall has been retired to stud at David Spears Racing in Hartshorne, Oklahoma.
The 7-year-old son of Unbridled's Song finished a fast-closing third in the 2011 General George Stakes (gr. II) going seven furlongs at Laurel Park, outfinishing stakes winners Ben's Cat, Delaunay, Driven by Success and Taqarub.
Out of the A.P. Indy mare Court Reception, Heritage Hall is a half brother to grade II winner and $365,130-earner Ruby's Reception and is from the family of graded stakes winners Court Hostess, Handsome Mike, Connie's Gift and deceased New York sire Gold Token.
Because of his late start to the breeding shed, Heritage Hall will stand free of charge to approved mares for the remainder of the 2014 season. Beginning in 2015, his stud fee will be $1,000, with special consideration to approved mares.
An $800,000 purchase at the 2007 Fasig-Tipton Saratoga select yearling sale, Heritage Hall won from six furlongs to one mile racing at Saratoga Race Course, Churchill Downs, Monmouth Park, Parx Racing and Laurel Park. He has a lifetime best Beyer Speed Figure of 97.
Heritage Hall will stand as the property of Spears and Joe Strazzanti's Premier Stables Unlimited, which raced him for much of his career.
"I'd argue that as a son of Unbridled's Song and out of a multiple stakes-producing A.P. Indy mare, Heritage Hall is the best bred young stallion prospect in Oklahoma today," said Spears. "What's more, he made good on the promise of his pedigree by placing in one of the most prestigious sprint stakes on the East Coast. We're supporting him with mares by Indian Charlie, Macho Uno , Diesis, Go for Gin and Runaway Groom—and we're hoping to attract any late-foaling mares or fillies coming right off the track for the remainder of the 2014 season."
"I'm not sure I've ever seen a more physically imposing individual in all my years at the racetrack. At the very least, when you see him in the flesh, it won't be a mystery why a legend like B. Wayne Hughes spent $800,000 on him as a yearling," added Strazzanti. "I like this horse so much, I'm seriously thinking about dipping a toe into the Oklahoma breeding game for the first time."
The deal to send Heritage Hall to Oklahoma was brokered by New Jersey-based bloodstock agent Michael Slezak.
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