Singletary, winner of the 2004 NetJets Breeders' Cup Mile (gr. IT) and an earner of better than $1.75 million in his race career, will enter stud at Cardiff Stud Farms near Atascadero, Ca., where his 2006 fee will be $5,000.
Singletary, named for the Hall of Fame Chicago Bears linebacker, became a fan favorite in California as a hard-knocking turf star, as well as for the raucous celebrations he set off among his ownership group, the Little Red Feather Racing syndicate headed by Billy Koch.
Singletary, a 5-year-old son of Sultry Song--Joiski's Star, by Star de Naskra, is a seven-time stakes winner, all on grass. He won the La Jolla Handicap (gr. IIIT) and the Academy Road Stakes in 2003, the San Francisco Breeders' Cup Mile Handicap (gr. IIT) and the Thunder Road Handicap along with the Breeders' Cup Mile in 2004, and the Oak Tree Breeders' Cup Mile (gr. IIT) and the Arcadia Handicap (gr. IIT) this year. His bid for a repeat in the Breeders' Cup Mile came up short after Singletary loomed at the top of the stretch, but weakened. He was trained throughout his career by Don Chatlos Jr.
Singletary won eight of his 22 lifetime starts, with five seconds and three thirds.
"We're ecstatic to have him," said Steve Sahadi, owner of Cardiff Stud Farms. "We've had great success bringing Breeders' Cup winners Skywalker and Prized here to stand, and we expect Singletary to follow. He was a great racehorse who fired every time and he'll be easy to promote. If you offer people value, they'll come."
"As California owners, we're really pumped up to have the opportunity to get Cal-breds by him," said Koch. "We think he has great upside potential. All his life he's been proving people wrong--he was bought for very little originally, won his first race at 30-1, and then won the Breeders' Cup at 16-1. Besides his talent on the grass, he has a terrific dirt pedigree as well."
Koch said Little Red Feather would retain partial ownership of Singletary, and Sahadi added that the horse will be syndicated for approximately $20,000 a share.