Hill 'n' Dale Farms announced Oct. 17 a stud fee increase for second-ranked freshman sire Violence to $25,000, with a live foal stands and nurses guarantee.
The grade 1-winning son of Medaglia d'Oro —Violent Beauty, by Gone West, entered stud at $15,000 and stood at that price for 2017. Year to date, his first runners have earned a combined $749,646 and included three black-type stakes winners. Violence is the co-leading freshman sire with Animal Kingdom by number of black-type winners, through Oct. 16, and is the second-ranked sire by total progeny earnings behind Overanalyze .
Violence also had a strong year at auction, with his yearlings averaging $120,263 and his 2-year-olds averaging $135,855. Bloodstock agent Kerri Radcliffe and Three Chimneys Farm bought the sire's top-selling yearling for 2017, an $850,000 colt offered by Hill 'n' Dale Sales Agency at the Keeneland September sale. Violence's top-priced juvenile sold this year was a $450,000 purchase by Jason Litt and Alex Solis II at the Ocala Breeders' Sales April sale.
"Violence was a breakaway sire at Keeneland this year with yearlings selling for $850,000, $725,000, $475,000, $425,000, etc. These are big numbers for a horse that stood for $15,000," said Hill 'n' Dale owner John Sikura. "We have always believed in providing breeders with exceptional value. The increase to $25,000 is in alignment with that philosophy. We feel Violence is on a trajectory to become a leading sire."
Fees for Hill 'n' Dale's other stallions will be released soon.