Grand Reward to Hill 'n' Dale

Edited press release
Grand Reward, a grade II-winning son of Storm Cat produced from champion Serena's Song, will retire to John Sikura's Hill 'n' Dale Farm near Lexington where he will stand the 2006 season for $12,500.

"Grand Reward is a stellar individual who has as much upside as any stallion in the breed. His sire, Storm Cat, is the modern day Northern Dancer and his dam, Serena's Song, who is in the Racing Hall of Fame, is one of the most accomplished distaffers of all time," said Sikura.

Grand Reward was bred by Bob and Beverly Lewis and began his career in Europe racing for them in partnership with Susan Magnier and Michael Tabor. He was group II placed in England at two and group III placed in Ireland at three. He arrived in the U.S. the end of his 3-year-old year to trainer D. Wayne Lukas.

At four this year, Grand Reward won two races incuding the Oaklawn Handicap (gr. II). His last start was a sixth-place finish in the Jockey Club Gold Cup (gr. I) Oct. 1. He retires with four wins in 24 starts and earnings of $545,844.

Grand Reward is a full brother to grade I winner Sophisticat.