Undefeated Triple Crown winner and ‘TDN Rising Star’ Justify (Scat Daddy), who settled in at Coolmore America’s Ashford Stud last Monday, will stand for a fee of $150,000 in 2019, it was announced Sunday. Justify will join 2015 Triple Crown winner American Pharoah (Pioneerof the Nile), who will stand for $110,000, and dominant leading fourth-crop sire Uncle Mo (Indian Charlie), whose fee has been set at $125,000, as the headliners on the Ashford roster.
A son of the late Scat Daddy, Justify took the sport by storm, capturing each of his six starts in the span of just four months. Having won the GI Santa Anita Derby in April, he delivered as the favorite in the GI Kentucky Derby May 5 and added the GI Preakness S. two weeks later. He became racing’s 13th American Triple Crown winner with an authoritative score in the June 9 GI Belmont S.–his final appearance on the racetrack.
Three years prior, it was American Pharoah storming home down the Belmont stretch to become the first Triple Crown winner in 37 years. The bay, who has topped all first-crop sires during the yearling sales season with an average price of $471,598, won a total of eight Grade I races and retired after capturing the GI Breeders’ Cup Classic in 2015.
Uncle Mo, meanwhile, continues to make his mark in 2018 as his fourth crop of runners have hit the racetrack. The champion juvenile of 2010 has a total of 13 Black-Type winners this year, headlined by GI Apple Blossom H. winner Unbridled Mo.
Also among Uncle Mo’s most successful performers on the racetrack is Grade I winner and ‘TDN Rising Star’ Mo Town, who will enter stud at Ashford in 2019 for a fee of $12,500. Winner of the GII Remsen S. on dirt as a juvenile, Mo Town made a successful transition to turf in his sophomore season in 2017, romping in a Belmont optional claimer before shipping westward to claim the GI Hollywood Derby at Del Mar.
“He’s simply awesome,” trainer Anthony Dutrow said of Mo Town’s top achievement in the Hollywood Derby. “He went into the Hollywood Derby fantastic. When I breezed him before, it wan an astonishing workout, and we went out there very confident in Mo Town and he was magnificent.”