Petionville , whose runners have earned $24 million, arrived March 19 for stallion duty at Margaux Farm near Midway, Ky. His fee is $10,000. The 17-year-old son of Seeking the Gold formerly stood at Pope McLean’s Crestwood Farm near Lexington.
Petionville has sired 60 stakes horses. His 27 stakes winners include multiple grade I winner Island Fashion, plus other graded winners Caught in the Rain, Publication, Runway Model, Sailors Sunset, True Passion, Two Step Salsa, and Voodoo. The versatile Island Fashion was a two-time grade I winner at seven furlongs and a grade I winner at 1 1/4 miles.
“We look for three things in stallions: pedigree, conformation, and ability, and this stallion has all three,” said Margaux sales and marketing director Gary Hudson. “Given that and his proven ability to throw the big horse, he should be well received by our clients.”
As a racehorse, Petionville started his career with four consecutive wins, highlighted by a score in the Louisiana Derby (gr. III) at 3. He won four other stakes as a 3-year-old, including the Ohio Derby (gr. II) and La Jolla Handicap (gr. IIIT).
“Petionville’s success as a solid, proven sire of sound, durable racehorses is exactly the type of stallion we look for in our stallion program at Margaux Farm,” said Margaux managing partner Stephen Johnson.
Petionville, who is out of the stakes-winning Wavering Monarch mare Vana Turns, sired the earners of $4.2 million in 2008. This year, he ranks 23rd on the leading sires list.