Journeyman Stud Leaves Fees Unchanged

Top sire Wildcat Heir will remain at $10,000 for 2012.

Brent and Crystal Fernung's Journeyman Stud is not increasing any fees on its 14-stallion roster, which includes Florida’s leading general sire Wildcat Heir and leading juvenile sire Awesome of Course.

With three crops to race, Wildcat Heir tops Florida’s sire ranks for the second year in a row. Through Nov. 23, the son of Forest Wildcat is the state leader with eight stakes winners and progeny earnings of nearly $4.4 million. Wildcat Heir set the all-time record for 2-year-old winners with his first crop in 2009. Besides being the state’s leading sire in 2010, he was North America's leading second-crop sire as well. His fee remains $10,000 stands and nurses for 2012.

Awesome of Course also is getting repeat honors in the Sunshine State. The son of Awesome Again  is Florida’s leading juvenile sire in consecutive years.

Awesome of Course, who will again stand for $5,000 stands and nurses, is the sire of 2-year-old stakes winners Fort Loudon, Awesome Belle, and Redbud Road—winners of five of the six Florida Stallion Stakes at Calder in 2011. He's also the sire of undefeated grade I winner and champion Awesome Feather.

Journeyman has also two new stallions for 2012, J P's Gusto and Vineyard Haven, who both won grade I races as 2-year-olds.

J P's Gusto, who will stand for $3,500 stands and nurses, was California's top juvenile of 2010 after winning four straight stakes including the Del Mar Futurity (gr. I). Vineyard Haven, who will stand for $3,000 stands and nurses, captured back-to-back grade I wins in the Hopeful and Champagne stakes to become the leading 2-year-old of his crop on dirt.

The full 2012 Journeyman Stud roster with fees are as follows:


2012 Stands and Nurses Fee
Awesome of Course
Exclusive Quality
Hear No Evil
Mass Media
Sweet Return
Wildcat Heir