Flame Thrower, winning the Best Pal Stakes.

Flame Thrower, winning the Best Pal Stakes.

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Farm Lowers Flame Thrower's Stud Fee

Stoneriggs Farm, the Morriston, Fla. nursery where muliple graded stakes winner Flame Thrower will enter stud in 2002, has announced it is lowering the stud fee on the horse to $6,500. The original fee was $8,500.

A 3-year-old son of Saint Ballado traineb by Bob Baffert for Gary Garber, Flame Thrower won four of seven starts, with two seconds and earnings of $458,200. His victories included the Del mar Futurity (gr. II), Norfolk Stakes (Gr. II), and the Best Pal Stakes (gr. III), all as a 2-year-old of 1990.

"We set the stud fee prior to Sept. 11 and a lot of things have changed since then, so Mr. Garber and myself thought it a good idea to realign a little so as to give the horse the maximum opportunity," said Stoneriggs president Robert Slack. "Anyone who has previously signed a contract will automatically receive the lowered fee."

With 58 mares already booked to Flame Thrower, the decision to lower the fee will permit the farm to be more selective in the mares bred to the first-year sire, Slack said.