McDermott Ranch's 2000 stallion roster featured The Prime Minister, Mi Selecto, Secret Claim, Texas City, Ruhlmann, Hickman Creek, and freshman sire Western City. According to The Jockey Club statistics, those stallions were represented by progeny earnings of $4,570,237 and 23 stakes winners in 1999, topped by The Prime Minister with earnings of $1,276,291 -- seventh-best in the state.
McDermott said the farm's two syndicated stallions, The Prime Minister and Secret Claim -- the latter a full brother to leading sire Gone West -- have been moved to Woodswitch Farm near Navasota. Mi Selecto has been relocated to Cook's Farm near Tuttle, Oklahoma, and Ruhlmann is bound for Fox Hollow Farm near Seguin, Texas.Western City, a stakes-winning son of Carson City whose first foals will be yearlings of 2001, will take up residence at Ward Animal Clinic near Nacogdoches, Texas, and negotiations are still ongoing for Texas City and Hickman Creek.
Though he won't stand stallions, McDermott said he would remain active as a Thoroughbred breeder. He will retain the farm, keep a small number of broodmares, and race the resulting foals.
"I'll keep my homebreds and race some, and I'll just see if we can raise a runner," said McDermott. "I've owned horses since I was a little boy, and I'll own them until the day I die."