WinStar Farm announced 2018 stud fees for its 22-stallion roster Oct. 19, headed by its two six-figure sires Pioneerof the Nile , who will stand for $110,000, and Speightstown , who will stand for $100,000. Both fees are unchanged from 2017 and offer stands and nurses guarantees.
Pioneerof the Nile, an 11-year-old son of Empire Maker , has sired 19 black-type winners to date and five this year so far. His top runners of 2017 include Arkansas Derby (G1) winner Classic Empire and San Pasqual Stakes (G2) winner Midnight Storm . Pioneerof the Nile ranks fourth among North American sires at yearling sales, with a $345,511 average from his best-bred crop to date, according to WinStar, marking his second consecutive year in the top five.
Speightstown, a 19-year-old son of Gone West, has sired 85 black-type stakes winners to date. He has 11.5% black-type winners from lifetime starters, ranking second only behind Distorted Humor among active North American stallions with a minimum of 500 starters. In 2017 Speightstown ranks seventh by yearling average ($248,307) among active North American sires.
Stallions to see a bump in fee include Bodemeister , the sire of this year's Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (G1) winner Always Dreaming and currently the leading North American second-crop sire, and freshman sire Overanalyze , who has been parked at the top of the BloodHorse first-crop sire list for the better part of the year. Though listed as a private fee last year, Bodemeister had his fee raised to $40,000 from his last published stud fee of $35,000. Overanalyze goes to $15,000, up from $10,000 for this year.
"Over the course of the last 12 months, WinStar stallions have made as big of a mark as ever on our industry, especially on the biggest stages," said Elliott Walden, WinStar president and chief executive officer. "On the track our stallions have been responsible for three Breeders' Cup winners and another Kentucky Derby winner, among other grade 1s that everyone wants to win. In the sales ring, WinStar stallions continue to reward breeders unlike any other stud farm, with three active sires in the top 10 in North America by 2017 yearling average, and seven in the top 30.
"We've also had terrific response from breeders since launching our WinStar Incentive Network, or 'WIN' program, nearly a year ago. The tremendous racing success since last year's Breeders' Cup has earned over 60 of our breeders more than $1.6 million in 'WIN' awards. The present and future at WinStar are both extremely bright, and our mission is to continue to offer breeders stallions of the highest quality, and reward those breeders for their success."
|WinStar Farm 2018 Fees:|
|More Than Ready||$60,000||$60,000|
|Pioneerof the Nile||$110,000||$110,000|