Littleexpectations Moving to Texas

Littleexpectations, a full brother to leading Texas sire Valid Expectations, is moving from Kentucky to Texas for the 2005 breeding season. He will stand at Ken Quirk's Q6 Ranch near Belton, Texas. The 7-year-old stallion, owned by Ro Parra and the Ackerley brothers, will stand for $3,500.

The stakes-winning son of Valid Appeal -- Mepache, by Iron Constitution, stood at Millennium Farms in 2003 and 2004. He stood for $3,500 his first season and $2,500 this year. He covered 66 mares his first season and 55 this year.

Valid Expectations, who stands at Lane's End Texas, is the leading sire in Texas with progeny earnings this year of more than $3 million. He ranks sixth on the list of sires of 2004 juveniles by earnings, and leads that list by winners, with 18.

"Here is an undefeated 2-year-old who went four-for-four with multiple stakes wins at two, and that alone makes him extremely attractive as a stallion prospect," Quirk said. "Then you factor in his sire, Valid Appeal, who is absolutely exploding, with the likes of Successful Appeal and Valid Expectations throwing winners and stakes horses nearly every week. And then there's his incredible family--the best stallion to stand in Texas in our lifetime is his full brother, and another top stallion, Valid Wager, is by the same sire out of his dam's half sister."