Live Oak Plantation's To Honor and Serve (Bernardini--Pilfer, by Deputy Minister) will begin his stud career next spring at the Beck family's Gainesway Farm in Lexington. The 4-year-old captured the 2010 GII Remsen S. and GII Nashua S. Third in last year's GII Fasig-Tipton Fountain of Youth S. and GI Florida Derby, the handsome bay won the GII Pennsylvania Derby and ended his sophomore campaign with a victory in the GI Cigar Mile H. He opened 2012 with a win in the GIII Westchester S. before running third in the GI Metropolitan H. and is currently training for a start in the Sept. 1 GI Woodward S.
"To Honor and Serve has every component necessary to be a top sire, and we are delighted Mrs. [Charlotte] Weber has agreed to stand him at Gainesway," said
Gainesway President Antony Beck. "He was a top-class 2-year-old, a brilliant runner, and a Grade I-winning miler on the dirt. Perhaps equally important, he had outstanding speed--he ran two number 1 Rags--and those are the types of horses who take it to the next level as stallions. And of course, he is by one of the most exciting young sires in our industry, and from a sire's family. He represents great opportunity for breeders and for Gainesway."
To Honor and Serve has hit the board in 11 of 14 starts to date, with seven wins and earnings of $1,328,840. A $575,000 Keeneland September yearling, the bay is out of stakes winner Pilfer, a half-sister to multiple graded stakes winner India (Hennessy) and to stakes winner Sing Softly (Hennessy).
"I am pleased that To Honor and Serve will be standing at Gainesway," said Weber. "Antony Beck, his family and entire team have a history of success and are leaders in the industry. We know he will have every
opportunity to be successful as a sire. I look forward to seeing his foals."
A stud fee has yet to be announced.