Champion male sprinter and second-crop sire Kodiak Kowboy will shuttle tp Haras Bage do Sul in Brazil to stand this year's Southern Hemisphere breeding season.
The 9-year-son of Posse—Kokadrie, by Coronado's Quest, is based at WinStar Farm in Versailles, Ky., where he commands a $5,000 fee for the 2014 Northern Hemisphere season. His top offspring include two-time stakes winner Cool Cowboy and stakes-placed runners Tupancy Links, Sidearm, and Kowboy Boots. With two crops racing, his progeny have amassed purse earnings of $1,204,792 through June 18.
"We are delighted to be working with Haras Bage do Sul Farm on the exciting young stallion career of Kodiak Kowboy," said Darren Fox, WinStar's director of stallion seasons. "With his high number of individual winners and horses of the caliber of Cool Cowboy, it is evident that Kodiak Kowboy is a stallion on the move."
Kentucky-bred Kodiak Kowboy won or placed in 18 of 23 races, winning 11 races, and earned $1,663,363. As a juvenile, he won the 2007 Saragota Special (gr. II) and Bashford Manor Stakes (gr. III) in the U.S. and the Victoria Stakes in Canada and was named that nation's champion 2-year-old male.
He also was a multiple graded stakes winner at 3, winning the Sport Page (gr. III) and Amsterdam (gr. II), and blossomed into a top sprinter the next year, capturing the 2009 Cigar Mile, Carter Handicap, and Vosburgh Stakes (all gr. I) to earn the Eclipse Award in the male sprinter division.
Turf Breeding Services of Brazil and Kentucky-based Wynrose Equine negotiated the shuttle agreement.
"Kodiak Kowboy will have a tremendous impact in Brazil with the speed he will bring to his mares," said TBS director Mario Marquez. "We have a strong market for sprinters down here, and Kodiak Kowboy represents the typical speed and precocity that American horses are known for. One extremely important factor for Brazilian breeders, and one of the main reasons we pursued the horse, is Kodiak Kowboy's high percentage of winners to runners among first-crop stallions in 2013."