All American, a group 1-winning millionaire by Red Ransom, will ship to North America in 2011 to stand at John Phillips’ Darby Dan Farm near Lexington. Darby Dan acquired an interest in the Roberto-line stallion and will stand the 5-year-old dark bay horse in a venture with John Messara’s Arrowfield Stud in Australia.
All American will begin stallion duty this year at Arrowfield Stud, a prominent stallion farm in New South Wales that stands leading Australian sire Redoute's Choice. The acquisition by Darby Dan calls for All American to ship to the U.S. each year, the Kentucky farm announced Aug. 18.
All American will stand his first North American season for $10,000 live foal, stand and nurse.
All American is out of the Strawberry Road mare Milva, a half-sister to leading second-crop sire Rock Hard Ten.
“We’re thrilled to buy into such a top-class son of Red Ransom, and we look forward to our association with Mr. Messara and Arrowfield Stud,” Phillips said in a statement. “Roberto was bred and raised at Darby Dan, and his sire line has become the perfect cross for Northern Dancer and Mr. Prospector line mares.
“He will stand at a price substantially less than what he will stand for in Australia, giving American breeders the break they need in this market. It is a smart move by John Messara to create an international sire, but it is an incredible opportunity for us.”
All American was foaled and raced in Australia, where he was a group 1 performer at 2 and 3 and a group 1-winning miler at 4. He captured the $1 million Emirates Stakes (Aust-I), setting a record in the one-mile race.