Officials at WinStar Farm have announced the 2018 service fees for its 22 stallions, led by its six-figure stalwarts Pioneerof the Nile (Empire Maker) and Speightstown (Gone West).
The sire of Triple Crown winner American Pharoah and Eclipse Award-winning juvenile Classic Empire, Pioneerof the Nile currently ranks number four among North American-based sires at this year’s yearling sales with an average of $345,511. Pioneerof the Nile will once again command a fee of $110,000.
Speightstown is enjoying another typically strong season and is responsible for 11.3% black-type winners from starters, ranking him second only to WinStar’s Distorted Humor among North American stallions with a minimum of 500 starters in 2017. He is eighth on the list of leading yearling sires with an average of $248,307. He will stand the 2018 breeding season for $100,000, same as 2017.
Bodemeister (Empire Maker) will see his stud fee raised to $40,000 following the exploits of 2017 GI Kentucky Derby hero Always Dreaming. The number one second-crop sire this season, Bodemeister is also responsible for GSW & GISP American Anthem and ‘TDN Rising Star’ Zulfikhar.
“Over the course of the last 12 months, WinStar stallions have made as big of a mark as ever on our industry, especially on the biggest stages,” said Elliott Walden, WinStar President & CEO. “On the track, our stallions have been responsible for three Breeders’ Cup winners and another Kentucky Derby winner, among other Grade 1s that everyone wants to win. In the sales ring, WinStar stallions continue to reward breeders unlike any other stud farm, with three active sires in the top 10 in North America by 2017 yearling average, and seven in the Top 30.
He added, “We’ve also had terrific response from breeders since launching our WinStar Incentive Network, or ‘WIN’, program nearly a year ago. The tremendous racing success since last year’s Breeders’ Cup has earned over 60 of our breeders more than $1.6 million in ‘WIN’ awards. The present and future at WinStar are both extremely bright, and our mission is to continue to offer breeders stallions of the highest quality, and reward those breeders for their success.”