Chad B. Harmon

WinStar Farm Sets 2017 Stud Fees

Pioneerof the Nile to stand for $110,000.

Pioneerof the Nile , sire of 2015 Triple Crown winner American Pharoah  and Claiborne Breeders' Futurity (gr. I) victor Classic Empire , will head up WinStar Farm's 22-stallion roster in 2017 for an advertised fee of $110,000, down slightly from the $125,000 he commanded this year.

WinStar Farm announced 2017 stud fees for its entire roster Oct. 22. Led by grade I winners Midnight Storm  and Classic Empire on the track, Pioneerof the Nile ranks No. 5 among North American sires at the yearling sales this year with a $255,863 average from from a $20,000 bred-on fee in 2014. 

Perennial top sire Speightstown  will remain at $100,000, having enjoyed another strong year both on the track and in the sale ring, ranking among the top general sires and top juvenile sires in North America. Speightstown is No. 4 by yearling average ($324,603) among North American sires.

Distorted Humor  was led this year by his 18th grade I winner, Breeders' Cup Sprint (gr. I) contender Joking, as well as Breeders' Cup Mile (gr. IT) contender Ironicus . The former champion freshman sire and champion general sire will stand for $80,000 in 2017, down from $100,000 in 2016.

Tiznow  will remain at $60,000 in 2017 after siring his 14th grade I winner this year with Breeders' Cup Mile contender Tourist . He will be joined by More Than Ready , who moves from $50,000 in 2016 to $60,000 for 2017 after siring his 22nd grade I winner globally.

Another mover on the WinStar roster is Tiznow's rising freshman sire Gemologist , who will stand for $25,000, up from $15,000 in 2016, after siring multiple top 2-year-olds including undefeated Frizette Stakes (gr. I) winner and Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies (gr. I) contender Yellow Agate and undefeated Futurity Stakes (gr. III) winner and possible Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I) contender Theory.

WinStar welcomes three new stallions to its roster, led by three-time grade I winner Exaggerator . The classic-winning son of Curlin  will stand his first season at stud for a fee of $30,000.

Outwork , the grade I-winning 3-year-old from the first crop of sire sensation Uncle Mo , has joined the stallion ranks at WinStar and will stand for a fee of $15,000, along with Speightstown's leading sprinter/miler son Speightster , who will stand new for $10,000.

"This year has been another exceptional year for WinStar stallions, and we continue to be extremely proud of their success across the board, both on the racetrack and in the sales ring," said Elliott Walden, WinStar president & CEO. "There are as many as 25 WinStar-sired horses running in this year's Breeders' Cup, including some of the respective favorites in the Juvenile and Juvenile Fillies with Pioneerof the Nile's Classic Empire and Gemologist's Yellow Agate and, maybe, Theory. So the present and future are both very bright, and our mission is to continue to offer breeders stallions of the highest quality."

The 2017 roster of WinStar stallions, along with stands & nurses fees, is as follows:  

& Nurses Fee
Artie Schiller
Carpe Diem 
Distorted Humor
Exaggerator - NEW
Fed Biz 
More Than Ready
Outwork - NEW
Pioneerof the Nile
Speightster - NEW
Super Saver 
Take Charge Indy