John Sikura's Hill 'n' Dale Farm has purchased prominent first-crop sire Doneraile Court and will stand him for $15,000 live foal. The 7-year-old son Seattle Slew, now standing at stud in Chile, formerly was based at Doug Arnold's Buck Pond Farm near Versailles, Ky., where he stood in 2003 for a syndicate for $7,500.
"He's the type of stallion we're looking for," Sikura said about Doneraile Court, who ranks third on the freshmen sire list with $650,000 in progeny earnings "He got off the mark quickly, and has 2-year-old winners all over the place."
The best of his 16 winners is Ruler's Court, a 14-length winner of the Oct. 5 Norfolk Stakes (gr. II). Doneraile Court also is the sire of stakes winner Horah for Bailey.
A $1-million Keeneland July yearling, Doneraile Court was a New York graded stakes winner at two and three and was produced from the grade I stakes-placed Stop the Music mare Sophisticated Girl. He will stand for a syndicate.