Housebuster to West Virginia; Black Tie Affair Might Follow

Housebuster, a two-time champion sprinter who stood the past breeding season at Blue Ridge Farm near Upperville, Va., will stand at the Funkhouser family's O'Sullivan Farms near Charles Town, W.Va. He will remain the property of a syndicate managed by Donna Hayes' The Stallion Co. and will stand for $7,500, the same as in 2004.

"We will be focusing on caring for our retired stallions," said Hayes, who mentioned pensioned stallions Lord Avie and Miner's Mark.

Another stallion managed by The Stallion Co., 1991 Horse of the Year Black Tie Affair, might be following Housebuster from Blue Ridge to O'Sullivan. The two farms are less than an hour away.

"That decision will come in about a week," Hayes said.

Housebuster and Black Tie Affair, who both entered stud in 1992 in Central Kentucky, stood in Japan before their stallion days at Blue Ridge. Both proved popular last breeding season, with Housebuster covering 48 mares and Black Tie Affair 86 mares.

Housebuster, a 17-year-old son of Mt. Livermore out of the Great Above mare Big Dreams, has sired 31 stakes winners and the earners of $34.7 million. Eighteen-year-old Black Tie Affair (Miswaki--Hat Tab Girl, by Al Hattab) is represented by 34 added-money winners.