Mutakddim, who stands at John Sikura’s Hill ‘n’ Dale Farms near Lexington, reached a major milestone this month when he sired his 100th stakes winner. His son, Todo Un Amiguito, captured an Argentine group II event in early August.
Mutakddim didn’t have to wait long for his next stakes winner as another son, Capt. Bullet Bob, won the Tex’s Zing Stakes Aug. 23 at Fairmount Park.
Mutakddim, a 20-year-old by major sire Seeking the Gold, has stood his entire career at Hill ‘n’ Dale and consistently has shuttled to Haras La Quebrada in Argentina.
“He was one of our first stallions,” said Sikura, who started Mutakddim for a blue-collar fee of $5,000 in 1997. “His horses came out running, and he’s been a solid sire and one of the most successful sires in his price range (peaking at $15,000) for over a decade. He has sired millionaires, plus colts and fillies who have proved versatile and effective up to middle distances. One of his daughters, Lady Tak, was one of the fastest fillies in recent years.”
Lady Tak, a millionaire, did her best racing sprinting at Saratoga. She won the Test Stakes (gr. I) at 3 and the Ballerina Handicap (gr. II) as an older filly.
Another of Mutakddim’s daughters, Jazzy, won the Gallant Bloom Handicap (gr. II) at Belmont Park and was a stakes winner and group I stakes-placed in South Africa.
“Mutakddim gets sound, strong runners, many of which race as 6-year-olds and make as many as 50 starts,” Sikura added.
Graded stakes winner Ravalo, who is racing this year at 7, has won a dozen stakes, placed in 15 others, and has earned more than $1.1 million.
Mutakddim’s other older runners include stakes performers Nyuk Nyuk Nyuk, who has earnings of more than $800,000, and The Student, who initially raced in his native Argentina before competing in North America. In Argentina, Mutakddim has sired more than a dozen group I winners.
Sikura sees Mutakddim as becoming a solid broodmare sire. “He traces from the great taproot mare La Troienne,” he said.
Mutakddim, who is out of the Seattle Slew mare Oscillate and whose third dam is champion Numbered Account, covered 40 mares this year. He has arrived at Haras La Quebrada for the Southern Hemisphere breeding season.