"He has a big upside in that 400 of his offspring haven't even started," said Murray, who plans to sell shares in Louis Quatorze, but retain a significant number.Louis Quatorze won three other graded stakes and finished a head in front of Cigar and a nose behind Alphabet Soup in a runner-up effort in the 1996 Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) on his way to earning $2,054,434.The Murrays no longer own Our Emblem. Shortly after War Emblem won the Preakness, they sold him for $10.1 million for stallion duty at Taylor Made Farm near Nicholasville, Ky.
E. Allen Murray and his wife, Audrey, who bought the stallion Our Emblem two years ago and watched him develop into a star when his son War Emblem won the 2002 Kentucky Derby (gr. I) and Preakness Stakes (gr. I). have purchased 10-year-old Louis Quatorze for stallion duty at their Murmur Farm near Darlington, Md. Louis Quatorze, who won the 1996 Preakness Stakes (gr. I), formerly stood at Ashford Stud, a Coolmore satellite, near Versailles, Ky. His 2004 fee will be $6,000."We went to Kentucky to look at him three weeks ago and fell in love with him," Allen Murray said. "He's a beautiful horse."Louis Quatorze (Sovereign Dancer--On to Royalty, by On to Glory) shuttled from Ashford to Argentina several seasons. He has sired seven stakes winners, including U.S. millionaire Repent. The six others are all 2003 stakes winners, among them Brazilian group I winner Mr. Carrea and Papua (at Aqueduct).