Grade I Winner Millennium Wind to Highcliff in New York

Grade I winner Millennium Wind, a half-brother to Horse of the Year Charismatic, will stand the 2006 season at Joe Bartone and Carl Lizza Jr.'s Highcliff Farm near Delanson, N.Y. The 7-year-old son of Cryptoclearance will remain the property of Millennium Stallions and will stand for $5,000 live foal, down from $7,500.

In three seasons at Millennium Farms Kentucky near Lexington, Millennium Wind covered close to 300 mares, and has nearly 160 foals on the ground.

"We had three excellent seasons with Millennium Wind, but this looked like the right time to make a move," said Millennium manager William Hardin. "Highcliff did a super job getting mares to Catienus the last two years, and we think they will give a boost like that to Millennium Wind."

Suzie O'Cain of Highcliff said, "We're very excited about Millennium Wind, and feel he will be one of New York's premier stallions. He's a great looking horse who had grade I form at two and three. Being from the Fappiano sire line is an added bonus. We are confident our regional breeders will really support him."

A Fappiano grandson out of the Drone mare Bali Babe, Millennium Wind won the Toyota Blue Grass Stakes (gr. I) and placed in the Hollywood Futurity (gr. I), Santa Catalina Stakes (gr. II), and Louisiana Derby (gr. II) on his way to earning a career total of $769,920. He not only is a half-brother to Charismatic, a leading third-crop sire, but also to grade II winner Tossofthecoin.