Gainesway Buys Big Interest in Hat Trick

Sire will transfer from Walmac for 2012 breeding season after successful first crop.

Gainesway Farm has purchased a significant interest in the sire Hat Trick from Walmac Farm and Hat Trick's partners.

According to a statement, the sale will result in Hat Trick moving to Gainesway Farm for the 2012 breeding season. A re-syndication will commence involving the battery of Gainesway clients who have jumpstarted the stud careers of such Gainesway success stories as Tapit  and Birdstone .

The freshman sire of seven winners to date, Hat Trick, by Sunday Silence, is represented by the clear favorite for France’s champion 2-year-old, Dabirsim.

Antony Beck, Gainesway’s managing owner, said, “I am thrilled to stand the only champion son of the great Sunday Silence at stud in North America. Hat Trick raced at the highest level with no medication, which is very important to breeders the world over, and to sire a champion in his first crop proves his ability to pass on his greatness.”

Hat Trick was bought by Walmac in 2007 from Shadai Farm, with Barry Irwin playing an integral part in brokering the deal. Hat Trick stood his first season in 2008 and was bred to 121 mares that year.

John T. L. Jones III, managing director of Walmac, speaking on behalf of the Hat Trick partners, said: “Hat Trick has been a pleasant success story for Walmac and we have been inundated with interest from all points of the globe concerning buying all or part of the horse. It was prudent for ourselves and our partners to consider all the alternatives and to attempt to take some chips off the table after Hat Trick’s brilliant start at stud.

"All the initial principals in Hat Trick are American breeders. Knowing that Hat Trick represents a singular group I performing and group I producing presence in Kentucky of one of the world’s great sire lines, we were all very compelled to try to do a deal which would allow the horse to remain right here in Kentucky. We are elated.”

Six of Hat Trick's first-crop winners won their debuts in five different countries. Dabirsim has won all five career starts in France, including three group races and two group I events. In Russia, his daughter Mata Hari is the leading candidate for champion 2-year-old filly as she has only been defeated by top colts in leading juvenile races there.

Walmac Farm director Robert Trussell said, “Hat Trick has quickly established himself as the most promising male line source of Sunday Silence outside of Japan, and a farm with international clientele will give him the best chance to rise to the top of the stallion ranks in the years to come. Walmac is retaining a significant interest in Hat Trick and remains the largest shareholder. We intend to breed many of our best mares to him this coming season.”