California grade II winner Noble Court will enter stud in 2012 at Rich and Gaby Sulpizio’s Magali Farms near Santa Ynez, Calif. Noble Court, a 7-year-old, will stand for Frank Stronach’s Adena Springs. A fee will be announced later.
By the Seattle Slew stallion Doneraile Court out of Grey Dawn Grey, Noble Court won six of his first 11 starts including the San Vicente Stakes (gr. II) on the dirt at Santa Anita, the Ack Ack Handicap (gr. III) on Hollywood Park’s synthetic surface, and the Joe Hernandez Stakes on the turf at Santa Anita. Noble Court placed in five stakes including the Triple Bend Handicap (gr. I) and the Pat O’Brien Stakes (gr. I). He was retired this season with 14 top-three finishes from 20 starts and earnings of $465,230 after racing for Joy Ride Racing.
“Noble Court was a very precocious, versatile California racehorse. and he descends from a very active sire line,” said Magali manager Tom Hudson. “We are grateful that Mr. Stronach is showing his support of the California program with such a promising stallion prospect.”
“If you look at the emerging young sires at stud today, including Bernardini and Tapit , the Seattle Slew/Mr. Prospector influence is a very dominant cross,” said Stronach’s son, Adena Springs president Andy Stronach. “He’s a natural fit for California.”
Grey Dawn Grey’s sire, Grindstone, is a great-grandson of Mr. Prospector.
Noble Court was bred in Kentucky by Brereton C. Jones.