John Phillips' Darby Dan Farm announced fees for its 2014 roster of nine stallions, headlined by classic winner and multiple grade I-winning millionaire Shackleford who will stand his second season for $20,000 stands and nurses.
Shackleford proved to be popular with breeders in 2013, covering 168 mares in his first book—second highest among all first-year stallions. The chestnut won the 2011 Preakness Stakes (gr. I) as a 3-year-old before capturing a pair of prestigious grade I events—the 2012 Met Mile and Clark Handicap—as a 4-year-old. He retired from racing with earnings of more than $3 million to stand at Darby Dan near Lexington.
Grade I winner Dialed In also proved to be popular in his first season at stud in 2013, breeding 154 mares—third highest among all first-year stallions. The son of Mineshaft won the 2011 Florida Derby (gr. I) and Holy Bull (gr. III) as a 3-year-old, and retired with earnings of $941,936. Dialed In will stand his second season for a fee of $7,500 when stands and nurses.
Dual grade I winner Tale of Ekati ranked among the top 10 in his sire crop by yearling average at public auction, with his first yearlings in 2013 led by a $400,000 filly in Book One at the Keeneland September yearling sale, and included several other six-figure sales. The millionaire son of Tale of the Cat will stand in 2014 for $15,000 stands and nurses.
O'Prado Again will stand his first season at Darby Dan in 2014. A $350,000 yearling by El Prado, O'Prado Again won the 2011 Remsen Stakes (gr. II) as a 2-year-old. O'Prado Again will stand his first season for $5,000 stands and nurses, and is participating in Darby Dan's Share The Upside program for 2014.
Run Away and Hide , a top 10 second crop sire, was represented in 2013 by five stakes winners including three graded victors. The son of City Zip will stand in 2014 for $7,500 stands and nurses.
Jersey Town , a grade I winner by leading sire Speightstown , will be standing his second season at Darby Dan for $10,000 stands and nurses, while American Lion , a son of Tiznow and a graded stakes winner at 2 and 3, will stand for $5,000 stands and nurses. Multiple graded stakes winner and graded stakes-producing sire Magna Graduate will also stand for $5,000 stands and nurses in 2014.
Following are all of Darby Dan's stallions, their 2014 fees, with 2013 fees in parentheses:
American Lion, $5,000 ($5,000)
Dialed In, $7,500 ($7,500)
Jersey Town, $10,000 ($10,000)
Magna Graduate, $5,000 ($5,000)
O'Prado Again, $5,000 (new)
Perfect Soul, $7,500 ($7,500)
Run Away and Hide, $7,500 ($5,000)
Shackleford, $20,000 ($20,000)
Tale of Ekati, $15,000 ($15,000)