With the breeding season just around the corner, 14 new stallions have been registered with the Indiana Standardbred Breed Development Program’s lucrative sire program. These stallions are looking to help new owners and breeders earn their share of the more than $14 million in incentives and awards paid by the program each year.
Millionaire Check Six will be standing at Ivy Lane Farm in Goshen for the 2019 breeding season. By Somebeachsomewhere and out of Southwind Vanna, the 5-year-old stallion is no stranger to Indiana, having scored a win in the $325,000 Dan Patch Stakes in 2017 and the $200,000 Monument Circle in 2016. His score in the Dan Patch Stakes in 1:48.1 is his record for the fastest mile paced in his career.
“We feel that Check Six will offer the outcross of Somebeachsomewhere that Indiana breeders are looking for,” says Dr. Paul Webb of Ivy Lane farm.
Maple Lane Farm in Grabill is standing Helpisontheway, earner of more than $610,000 with a lifetime best mile trotted in 1:51.4. The New York Sire Stakes champion 3-year-old male trotter is by Chapter Seven and out of Porque, and has been trained by Hall of Famer Linda Toscano.
Major Athens, a bay stallion by Andover Hall and out of Miss Athens, will stand at Hoosier Standardbred Farm in Montgomery. The winner of more than $774,000 has a lifetime best 1:53.2 trotted mile. Schwartz Boarding Farm in Berne will be standing the Pro Bono Best stallion Night Pro. Night Pro brings to Indiana lifetime earnings in excess of $900,000 and a lifetime best paced mile at 1:49.0.
“Having this amount of quality in these new stallions to participate in our breed development program is exciting,” says Jessica Barnes, director of racing and breed development for the Indiana Horse Racing Commission. “I’m looking forward to seeing our Sire Stakes program grow with all this new talent and our newly revamped program in the coming years.”
Other new stallions to Indiana include:
- Broad Quality (Broadway Hall – Great Quantity)
- DC Willy (Pinetucky – Scanadinavia As) will stand at Circle S Farm in Loogootee
- Donners Blitz (Mr Done Well – Spank Me) will stand at M&K Farm in Topeka
- Im A Mate (Muscle Mass – Im A Checkmate) stands at Circle S Farm
- Pass Shooter (Conway Hall – Chunk-A-Punk) stands at Swissland Equine in Berne
- Secret Threat (Palone Ranger – Laxmy) will stand at Chambers Farm in Anderson
- Sharp Edge (Jailhouse Jesse – Ten Queens) will be stood by owner Raymond Byler in Salem
- Uncaged (Always A Virgin – Sachet Hall) is standing at Conrad Stables
- Ziggy (Muscle Massive – This Way That Way) will stand at Corner Meadow Stables in Nappannee
In 2018, Always A Virgin continued to lead the Indiana Sire Statistics for pacing stallions, with his get earning $1,671,294. Rockin Image came in second with get earnings of more than $1,050,000. Swan For All led all stallions, not just the trotting stallions, with his progeny earning $1,902,071. Guccio’s progeny earnings placed him in second with $617,151. These four stallions continue to lead the Indiana Standardbred breeding program into the headlines.
For more information on the Indiana Standardbred Breed Development Program and the Indiana Sire Stakes, reach out to the IHRC at 317-232-2541 or by emailing Standardbred@hrc.in.gov.
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