Favorite Trick will stand in Florida.

Favorite Trick will stand in Florida.

Philippe Roca

Favorite Trick, Alke to Cloverleaf in Florida

Favorite Trick, the first 2-year-old Horse of the Year since the great Secretariat, and 2004 graded stakes winner Alke will stand next year at John Sykes' Cloverleaf Farms II near Reddick, Fla.

Nine-year-old Favorite Trick, who began his stallion career at John T.L. Jones Jr.'s Walmac International near Lexington, has sired nine runners that have won or placed in stakes. The most recent of his six stakes winners, Tight Spin, won the Oct. 9 Incredible Revenge Stakes on grass at Meadowlands. Two days later, a Favorite Trick 2-year-old colt, Mr. Cold Call, was a smart Belmont Park maiden winner.

Favorite Trick's other stakes winners are Sum Trick, Hypnotist, Tricks of Glory, Favorite Minit, and Rutherford Eagle. Sum Trick won the Riley Allison Futurity as a 2-year-old and was second in the San Vicente Stakes (gr. II) at three. Hypnotist captured the Dave Feldman Stakes on grass at Gulfstream Park, and Tricks of Glory took the Inaugural Stakes at Tampa Bay Downs. Favorite Minit, a 2-year-old, and Rutherford Eagle, who races in Australia, are stakes winners this year. Overall, Favorite Trick has sired the earners of $3.5 million.

Favorite Trick (Phone Trick--Evil Elaine, by Medieval Man) capped an unbeaten 2-year-old season in 1997 with a score in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I). He was a multiple graded stakes winner at three and retired with earnings of $1,726,793. He will remain the property of a syndicate.

Four-year-old Alke scored his biggest win in the Deputy Minister Handicap (gr. III) over last year's Breeders' Cup Sprint (gr. I) winner Cajun Beat at Gulfstream Park in February. A month before, he won at six furlongs in 1:08.60 at that track.

Bred by White Fox Farm, Alke ran first or second in nine of 10 starts and earned $619,385 for owners Kenneth English and Alan Braun. A winner all three years he raced, Alke ran second in the Iroquois (gr. III) and Southwest Stakes, plus the Gulf News Dubai Golden Shaheen (UAE-I) in the spring in his last start.

A son of Grand Slam, Alke is a half-brother to stakes winners Debit My Account and Red n'Gold, and is out of the Crow mare Pasampsi. Alke was purchased by Cloverleaf and will stand as the property of the farm. There are no plans to syndicate him. Fees for both Favorite Trick and Alke will be announced later.