Florida stallion Backtalk, a son of Smarty Jones out of the grade 2-winning Apasionata Sonata (by Affirmed) will stand the 2018 season at GoldMark Farm near Ocala. Backtalk was the nation's leading sire in 2017 of 2-year-olds by earnings per starter at $43,810. Heretofore lightly bred with only 31 starters, Backtalk has made the most of his early career at stud with 20 individual winners who have produced 41 wins, including three stakes wins.
His fee will be $2,250. He previously stood at Vinery Florida (2011-12) and Bridlewood Farm (2013-17).
Backtalk has sired a pair of stakes winners including Soutache, winner of this year’s FTOBA Florida Sire Affirmed Stakes at seven furlongs and the 1 1/16-mile Florida Sire In Reality Stakes, with earnings of $405,000 in four starts.
Racing for GoldMark, Backtalk won the Bashford Manor Stakes (G3) and Saratoga’s Sanford Stakes (G2) at 2 in 2009. At 3 he placed in the Illinois Derby (G3) and ran in that year’s Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (G1).
“We strongly believe in Backtalk since two out of (every) three of his starters are winners," GoldMark Farm owner Paul Bulmahn said. "His winners, including Florida Sire Stakes winner Soutache and 2-year-old filly Dixie Talk, recent winner by eight lengths at Gulfstream, show he can produce precocious 2-year-olds for a lucrative racing program. Also at Gulfstream Park Oct. 4 his colt Halfback won by 6 3/4 lengths."
"Backtalk is an excellent breeding stallion with a 95% conception rate and his winners showcase his potential particularly to Florida breeders. Also, with Young Brian and Mylute in our stallion ranks at the farm, we believe there is great appeal to see what GoldMark has to offer," GoldMark general manager Todd Quast said.