Spring At Last, the leading U.S. earner by Silver Deputy, will stand at Bill Casner and Kenny Troutt’s WinStar Farm near Versailles, Ky., for a $15,000 live foal fee during his inaugural season in 2009.
Raced by WinStar Farm and J. Paul Reddam, Spring At Last compiled a record of five wins and four placings from 13 starts and earnings of $1,139,150 before being retired earlier this year.
"We have always looked to set our stud fees very competitively within the marketplace," said Doug Cauthen, president of WinStar Farm. "Silver Deputy has consistently been a successful sales sire and racehorse sire. We feel that $15,000 for his best son represents very good value."
Bred by WinStar, Spring At Last initially raced for the farm before Reddam bought the horse from the WinStar consignment for $675,000 at the 2006 Keeneland November breeding stock sale. Spring At Last later started racing for the two parties. Out of the Dynaformer mare Winter's Gone, Spring At Last is a half-brother to grade I winner Sharp Lisa and grade II winner Sharp Susan.
Spring at Last won this year's Donn Handicap (gr. I) over a field that included such successful runners as A. P. Arrow, Brass Hat, Fairbanks, Einstein, and Daaher. Spring At Last also captured the Etisalat Godolphin Mile (UAE-II). He ran second in both the Malibu Stakes (gr. I), with subsequent sprint champion Midnight Lute third, and Strub Stakes (gr. II).