Pioneerof the Nile (Empire Maker), sire of Triple Crown winner American Pharoah, will stand the 2016 breeding season at $125,000, pending Breeders’ Cup results, WinStar Farm announced Monday. The 9-year-old stallion stood the 2015 season for $60,000.
WinStar released its 2016 fees prior to the Breeders’ Cup to give breeders the opportunity to lock-in rates before championship weekend.
“We’ve seen this trend of stud fees being released earlier and earlier every year, which is easier to do for stallions that don’t have Breeders’ Cup contenders,” said Elliott Walden, WinStar President & CEO. “We are very fortunate at WinStar to have strong participation by our stallions’ progeny in the Breeders’ Cup, and obviously, since that is our industry’s championship event, the year’s racing calendar is not complete without it.
“However, we believe that announcing fees early presents an opportunity for breeders to have the chance at realizing some great value, particularly in the stallions that have serious contenders in this year’s biggest Breeders’ Cup races. So for the first time, WinStar is offering pre-Breeders’ Cup fees on all stallions,” Walden added. “All fees are at the lowest they will be, so we believe it’s a real opportunity to lock in a stud fee that only has the chance to go up after Oct. 29.”
Also seeing a stud-fee increase in 2016 is WinStar stallion Speightstown (Gone West). The 17-year-old, who stood for $80,000 in 2015 will stand for $100,000 next season. Distorted Humor, who will also stand for $100,000, completes WinStar’s trio of six-figure stallions. Also with a fee increase next season will be GI Kentucky Derby winner Super Saver (Maria’s Mon), who goes from $35,000 to $55,000.