Joey Franco Moving to Western Canada

Joey Franco, who stood his first two seasons at Harris Farms in California, will stand in Canada in 2007 at Pacific Stud in Langley, British Columbia. His fee will be $3,000.

The 7-year-old son of Avenue of Flags won the seven-furlong Triple Bend Breeders' Cup Invitational Stakes (gr. I) and Del Mar Breeders' Cup Handicap (gr. II) as a 4-year-old and was also a stakes winner at three.

Out of the Native Prospector mare Susan Powter, he is a half-brother to stakes winner Miss Lawless.

"He's a very handsome and well-made horse." said Pacific Stud stallion manager Roxanne Sargent. "It's exciting to have a grade I winner with his type of speed at middle distances standing in British Columbia; we've already had interest from across Western Canada and Washington."

Pacific Stud will hold an open house Oct. 23, from 2-5 p.m. at Keenebridge Farm in Langley.