Dixieland Band, sire of 115 stakes winners and the earners of $73 million, has been pensioned from stud duty at William S. Farish’s Lane’s End Farm near Versailles, Ky. Dixieland Band, now 28, remains in good overall health, with remarkable fertility, but his arthritis has prompted his retirement.
By Northern Dancer, Dixieland Band is one of the original three stallions to enter stud at Lane’s End. He stood his first year at stud in 1985 after exiting racing with eight wins from 24 starts and earnings of $441,320 while racing as a homebred for Mrs. Bayard Sharp, mother of Farish’s wife, Sarah.
Dixieland Band, out of grade I winner Mississippi Mud (by Delta Judge), sired such top runners as Drum Taps, a champion in England and Italy; grade I winner Dixie Union, who is the co-leading sire of 2-year-olds by number of 2008 stakes winners and who also stands at Lane’s End; Canadian champion Cotton Carnival and Irish champion Check the Band; plus French classic winner Egyptband and other grade I winners Spinning Round, Dixie Brass, Sharp Lisa, and Alwajeeha. The last-named won the Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup Stakes (gr. IT) at the recent Keeneland fall meeting.
As a broodmare sire, Dixieland Band has made a tremendous impact, with 120 stakes winners, including Kentucky Derby (gr. I) winners Monarchos and Street Sense , a champion at 2. His progeny earnings as a maternal grandsire are $116 million. Dixieland Band was the leading broodmare sire in 2004.
As a racehorse, Dixieland Band won four stakes, including the Pennsylvania Derby (gr. II) and Massachusetts Handicap (gr. II), and placed in four stakes.