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Keep Up to Stand in Texas at Eureka Thoroughbred Farm

The son of Unbridled's Song is out of multiple grade 1 winner Keeper Hill.

Eureka Thoroughbred Farm announced the addition of Keep Up, a multiple stakes-winning son of Unbridled's Song, to its 2020 stallion roster.

Keep Up will stand for a $2,000 fee with substantial discounts for mares who are foaling in Texas. He stands as the property of Mike Grossman, who owns Eureka and stands stallions Mr. Besilu, Expect a Lot, and The Hunk at the farm near Fredericksburg, Texas.

Co-bred and raced by Mill Ridge Farm, Keep Up won seven of his 18 starts, including the River City Handicap (G3T) at Churchill Downs and the Swoon's Son Stakes at Arlington International Racecourse. The colt earned a 109 Equibase Speed Rating in both his stakes victories. 

Keep Up earned more than $300,000, but his record was likely compromised by a knee fracture sustained in a field as a yearling. He was confined to a stall for more than six months during his recovery and was not expected to race. The colt persevered, debuting late in his 3-year-old year and blossoming into a stakes winner at 5 and 6.

"With the increased purses and breeding incentives in Texas thanks to new legislation, we've already seen increased interest in advance of the coming breeding season," Grossman said. "We think Keep Up is a strong addition to our stallion roster and gives breeders in the region an option for a classic pedigree with a strong focus on stamina."

Keep Up hails from a strong female family. His dam, the Deputy Minister mare Keeper Hill, won three grade 1 stakes, including the 1998 Kentucky Oaks (G1), and earned more than $1.66 million. Keeper Hill is out of the stakes-placed Lypheor mare Fineza, making her a half sister to multiple graded stakes winner and track-record-setter Golden Gear (Gulch) and graded-placed winner and black-type producer Chasm (Gulch). The family also includes grade 1 winner and track-record-setter Clabber Girl along with Agnes Gold and Fusaichi Zenon, who are both sons of Sunday Silence and successful sires in Japan.

From 26 starters as of Nov. 22, Keep Up is represented by 31% winners and three stakes horses, including In a Fog, a two-time stakes-placed winner who has earned nearly $140,000, and Ucantkeepup, a stakes-placed winner of almost $125,000.

Eureka Thoroughbred Farm's 2020 Fees
Stallion 2020 Fee 2019 Fee
Expect a Lot $2,000 $1,000
Keep Up $2,000 $2,500
Mr. Besilu $2,000 $2,000
The Hunk $2,000 $1,500