Haynesfield, winner of the 2010 Jockey Club Gold Cup Stakes (gr. I), will stand at Brereton and Elizabeth Jones’ Airdrie Stud near Midway, Ky., for the 2012 breeding season as an Airdrie Stud and WinStar Farm venture. His fee is $10,000.
A stakes winner from 2 through 5 and first in 10 of 19 lifetime starts, Haynesfield was retired with earnings of $1,319,482.
The eight-time stakes winner recorded his biggest victory in the Jockey Club Gold Cup when he easily bested Blame by four lengths in the 1 1/4-mile event under equal weights. The loss would prove to be the only defeat incurred by Blame over his championship season. Haynesfield also took the 2010 Suburban Handicap (gr. II) and was beaten a head in that season’s Hill ‘n’ Dale Cigar Mile Handicap (gr. I).
By Taylor Made/WinStar stallion Speightstown , Haynesfield is out of the stakes-winning and grade II stakes-placed Nothing Special (by Tejabo). His female family includes Canadian Broodmares of the Year Shy Spirit and Passing Mood, the latter the dam of champion With Approval and Belmont Stakes (gr. I) winner Touch Gold. Haynesfield raced in the colors of Harvey Weinstein’s Turtle Bird Stable and was bred by Barry Weisbord and Margaret Santulli.
“This horse gave us so many reasons to pursue him, perhaps none bigger than the fact that he was the only horse to beat Blame last year and did it at equal weights on a stage as big as the grade I Jockey Club Gold Cup,” Brereton Jones said.
“To have won more than half his starts and been a stakes winner at 2, 3, 4, and 5 demonstrates both the outstanding talent and soundness that we believe will make him a top stallion," Jones added. "Both farms are committed to ensuring he gets the best opportunity possible to make it and we will be supporting him heavily in both the breeding shed and on the race track.”
WinStar Farm president and CEO Elliott Walden said: “We obviously believe Speightstown is a very special sire, and we are excited about partnering up on his most accomplished son. Haynesfield was an absolute top-class racehorse, and we believe he has the physical and genetic make-up to make a very successful stallion. He’s a big, beautiful, stretchy horse that we measured at 16.3. He’s correct in front, has a great shoulder and hip, and has a very intelligent looking head and eye. We believe he’s the total package and we look forward to teaming with Airdrie to make him a success.”
In addition to the pay early and multiple mare discounts that Airdrie already has in place, first season breeders to Haynesfield are eligible for the farm’s new Breeder’s Reward Program. Any first season breeding that produces a 2- or 3-year-old winner of a graded stakes in the United States or Canada will reward the breeder of record with a $50,000 check and a lifetime breeding right in Haynesfield. In addition, if the mare is booked through the farm by an agent, that agent will receive a $20,000 check.
Added Jones, “We believe this horse has a big future and we want to really reward the people that are helping us get there.”