Not For Love

Not For Love

Courtesy of Barbara D. Livingston

Not For Love Retires From Breeding

Broodmare sire of California Chrome had a storied stud career in Maryland.

Not For Love, Maryland's leading sire for the past 12 years, has been retired from breeding duties at Northview Stallion Station in Chesapeake City, Md.

Northview owner Richard Golden was advised by the farm's veterinarian, Dr. Jayson Layfield, that the 25-year-old stallion has a reproductive hematoma that would not heal in time for breeding season.

A son of Mr. Prospector, out of Northern Dancer mare Dance Number, Not For Love was purchased by Golden as a 5-year-old from breeder Ogden Mills Phipps.

The bay stallion entered stud at Northview in 1996 and made his mark with his first crop, which included $2 million juvenile La Salle Street, who equaled the record for a 2-year-old sold at public auction in 1999. With 16 crops to race, Not For Love has sired at least one stakes winner per crop and 79 stakes winners in his career.

His progeny has earned more than $68.6 million, topped by millionaire Eighttofasttocatch. He was the leading North American sire standing outside of Kentucky for eight consecutive years. He leads all Maryland sires in lifetime progeny earnings, lifetime juvenile earnings, and is the all-time leading sire in Maryland Million wins. His offspring have won 32 Maryland Million races, including the featured Classic six times (three by Eighttofasttocatch).

Most recently, Not For Love garnered recognition as the broodmare sire of 2014 Horse of the Year California Chrome .

"Not For Love will set the bar in Maryland for all stallions standing there in the future," Golden said. "We tried to give him another year or two, with a very limited book, but he sent us a message that we read loud and clear. He will now retire to his home that he has loved for the last 20 years."

A stakes-placed runner, initially trained by Shug McGaughey, Not For Love was transferred to the barn of Graham Motion. Through four seasons, from ages 2 to 5, he won six races from 29 starts and earned $178,870.

A full brother to champion 2-year-old Rhythm and graded stakes winner Get Lucky, Not For Love represents a stallion family descending from La Troienne.