Darby Dan Farm has set 2018 stud fees for its roster of eight stallions, led by Dialed In whose fee has been increased to $25,000, stands and nurses.
The leading first-crop sire of 2016, Dialed In has six black-type winners this year, led by three-time graded stakes-winning 3-year-old colt Gunnevera, and the undefeated grade 3-winning 2-year-old colt The Tabulator.
Gunnevera, winner of the Xpressbet Fountain of Youth Stakes (G2) earlier this year at Gulfstream Park, is a contender for this year's Breeders' Cup Classic (G1). He was most recently a fast-closing runner-up in the Travers Stakes Presented by NYRA Bets (G1) at Saratoga Race Course.
The Tabulator, a $460,000 purchase at the Ocala Breeders' Sales' March sale of 2-year-olds in training, has won all three of his starts, including wins in the Prairie Gold Juvenile Stakes and the Iroquois Stakes (G3) at Churchill Downs in his first start around two turns. In the Sept. 16 Iroquois, the colt earned a berth into the Sentient Jet Breeders' Cup Juvenile (G1) where he will make his next start at Del Mar.
Shackleford will remain at $20,000 for 2018 after another good year from his progeny, both on the track and in the sales ring. He's sired eight black-type runners and two graded stakes winners so far in 2017, led by 3-year-old colt Malagacy, winner of the Rebel Stakes (G2) at Oaklawn Park, and undefeated 2-year-old filly Dream It Is, who's won her first three starts including the My Dear Stakes at Woodbine and Schuylerville Stakes (G3) at Saratoga.
Run Away and Hide 's fee will move up to $10,000 in 2018 after siring four black-type winners already among his 2-year-olds, his largest crop to date. He's led by Run Away, the multiple stakes-winning colt whose biggest win was in the Best Pal Stakes (G2) at Del Mar, and Ten City, winner of the Bashford Manor Stakes (G3).
Darby Dan will again offer various incentives programs in 2018 to provide value to breeders, including the Profit Protection Program, Goldmine 20/20 Match Program, and Black-Type Bonanza Program.
The full 2018 roster of stallions with stands-and-nurses fees for the Lexington-based stud farm are as follows:
|Darby Dan 2018 Fees:|
|Stallion||2018 Fee||2017 Fee|
|Run Away and Hide||$10,000||$5,000|
|Tale of Ekati||$7,500||$7,500|