Prominent stallion Red Ransom will relocate from Tom Simon's Vinery near Lexington to Darley's Dalham Hall Stud near Newmarket, England, for the 2004 breeding season. His fee will be £35,000 (approximately $56,000). His 2003 fee at Vinery was $45,000.
Currently awaiting the Southern Hemisphere season at Vinery Australia, Red Ransom is represented by two European group I winners this year. His daughter Casual Look won the Vodafone Oaks Stakes (Eng-I), and his son Ransom O'War took the Grosser Dallmayr Preis (Ger-I) Aug. 3.
"Red Ransom has proved himself an exceptional stallion," said Darley's John Ferguson. "He's having a spectacular season with two group I winners; his stock love the turf; and we're thrilled to be able to offer him to European breeders."
A son of Epsom Derby (Eng-I) winner Roberto out of the Damascus mare Arabia, 16-year-old Red Ransom has sired 49 stakes winners, including Eclipse Award winner and Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf (gr. IT) winner Perfect Sting and English champion miler Intikhab.
Vinery will retain its majority interest in Red Ransom and will jointly manage him.