Cairo Prince at Airdrie Stud

Cairo Prince at Airdrie Stud

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Cairo Prince Tops Airdrie's 2018 Stallion Roster

Son of Pioneerof the Nile will stand for $25,000.

Cairo Prince , the leading American-based first-crop yearling sire at this year's Keeneland September sale by average, headlines the 2018 Airdrie Stud roster.

With an overall yearling average of $166,000 for 2017, no fewer than 34 individual six-figure yearlings, and more yearlings selling in excess of $200,000 than any stallion in his crop, the son of Pioneerof the Nile  will have his stud fee raised to $25,000, up from $15,000 for this year.

Creative Cause 's fee will be announced at the conclusion of this year's Breeders’ Cup World Championships, in which he is expected to have three starters in Pavel, Significant Form, and My Boy Jack. The son of Giant's Causeway  has four juvenile black-type winners in 2017, matched only by Into Mischief  among active U.S sires and his eight cumulative stakes winners place him atop the second-crop sire list along with Union Rags .

"These are very exciting times for us at Airdrie," said Airdrie's Brereton Jones. "We really believe we have enormous potential with our young stallion roster, and I don't believe we've ever had a first-year stallion ignite the marketplace the way that Cairo Prince has. We couldn't be more bullish on our future and we're proud that we feel we give our breeders as good a chance as anyone to profit both in the sales ring and on the racetrack."

Airdrie also will stand first-year stallion American Freedom  for an introductory fee of $10,000. The graded stakes-winning, multiple grade 1-placed son of Pulpit retired earlier this year with earnings of more than $700,000 and the distinction of defeating all three American Classic winners of his generation—Nyquist , Exaggerator , and Creator—and has beaten 2017 Horse of the Year candidate Gun Runner  both times they met.

Airdrie Stud 2018 Fees:    
Stallion
2018 Fee 
2017 Fee 
American Freedom $10,000 NEW
Cairo Prince $25,000 $15,000
Creative Cause TBA $15,000
Include $7,500 $10,000
Majesticperfection $10,000 $15,000
Mark Valeski Private Private
Summer Front $10,000 $10,000
Upstart $10,000 $10,000