Stallion Zanjero Sold to Turkish Interests

Son of Cherokee Run will stand for the Jockey Club of Turkey in 2014.

Turkish bloodstock agent Tarik Tekce has purchased multiple graded stakes winner Zanjero on behalf of local owner/breeder Serdar Kemal Ozcolak.

The sale was confirmed by trainer Murat Sancal, who is keeping Zanjero in quarantine for 30 days at his Sancal Racing at Elmedorf Farm near Lexington.

Zanjero, a 9-year-old son of Cherokee Run, is scheduled to ship to Turkey Jan. 13 to stand at the Jockey Club of Turkey's Karacabey National Stud in Bursa for a live foal fee of 6,000 Turkish Lira (about $3,000 in U.S. funds).

The sale comes two days after it was announced that 10-year-old After Market will stand at the Jockey Club of Turkey's National Stud following his purchased by the partnership of Hakan Yuceturk and Hakan Sabri Ozcan of Istanbul.

Zanjero previously stood at Ro Parra's Millennium Stud near Lexington, where his 2013 fee was $7,500. Bred in Kentucky by Tony Holmes and Walter Zent, he is out of the A.P. Indy mare Checkered Flag and is a half brother to stakes winner Victory Lap and grade II-placed runner Acacia.

On the track, Zanjero won the 2007 West Virginia Derby (gr. III) and Indiana Derby (gr. II) and the 2008 Kentucky Cup Classic Stakes (gr. II). He compiled a career record of 6-5-4 from 18 starts, for earnings of $1,620,786.