Maryland Stallion Citidancer Pensioned

Citidancer, one of Maryland's leading sires for years, has been pensioned at the Pons family's Country Life Farm near Bel Air, Md., because of declining fertility.

"His health and libido are fine, it's just his fertility," said Michael Pons about the 18-year-old son of Dixieland Band. "If he had been as fertile as say (deceased farm stallion) Allen's Prospect, there's no telling what he might have done."

Citidancer, who was produced from the Tentam mare Willamae, has accomplished plenty even though his fertility wasn't on par with some other stallions. He has sired 26 stakes winners and 30 stakes-placed performers. His runners have averaged $80,000 and his career progeny earnings are $20.8 million.

It didn't take long for Citidancer to impress as a stallion. His first crop yielded the top filly Urbane, who won the Ashland Stakes (gr. I) and the John A. Morris (gr. I) and Delaware (gr. III) Handicaps. A millionaire, she also ran second in the Kentucky (gr. I) and Santa Anita (gr. I) Oaks and the Hollywood Starlet Stakes (gr. I).

Citidancer went on to sire additional graded winners Hookedonthefeelin, Cherokee's Boy, Park Avenue Ball, Disco Rico, and Latin Dancer. Produced from an Allen's Prospect mare, Hookedonthefeelin won the La Brea (gr. I) and Landaluce (gr. II) Stakes.

Cherokee's Boy and Park Avenue Ball are graded winners this year. Cherokee's Boy, who was earned $906,286, captured the Salvator Mile Handicap (gr. III). Park Avenue Ball, winner of the 2004 Futurity Stakes (gr. II), won this year's Long Branch Breeders' Cup Stakes (gr. III).

Bred in Kentucky by Warner L. Jones Jr., Citidancer won three races by a total of 36 lengths and finished second to champion sprinter Housebuster in the 1990 Jerome Handicap (gr. I) at Belmont Park in his four career starts. He entered stud at Country Life in 1991.

Citidancer covered 15 mares this year and got about three or four in foal. He stood the 2005 season for $7,500.