Woodman Sires 100th Stakes Winner

Woodman, whose runners have won stakes across the globe, sired his 100th stakes winner when his 4-year-old daughter Kelliewood captured the March 19 Natasha Trophy in Australia. In reaching the century mark, 22-year-old Woodman became the first son of Mr. Prospector to do so. Mr. Prospector, who died in 1999, sired 180 stakes winners.

An Irish champion, Woodman has been based his entire career at Ashford Stud, a North American satellite of Irish-based Coolmore Stud, near Versailles, Ky. His stallion career includes several shuttle seasons starting in 1997 to stand at Coolmore's Australia stallion station.

"He is doing great," said Ashford's Charlie O'Connor. "He figures to cover about 80 mares this year."

Woodman, who has not shuttled in several seasons, has proved a force in both dirt and turf racing. He has sired North American champions Hansel, Timber Country, and Woodcarver (in Canada), as well as such European champions as Bosra Sham, Hawk Wing, and Hector Protector, and Japanese champion Hishi Akebono. Last year alone, Woodman was represented by stakes winners in seven different countries.

Woodman, who was produced from the Buckpasser mare Playmate, has topped the $90 million mark in progeny earnings. His is represented this year by 77 2-year-olds in 2005.