Leading Coolmore’s Ashford Stud’s 2021 roster is North America’s leading sire by graded stakes winners, Uncle Mo (Indian Charlie), who will stand for $175,000 in 2021 after being priced at $125,000 for 2020. The Eclipse winner had 19 black-type winner so far this season, led by Girl Daddy, Harvest Moon, Yaupon, Bast.
Ashford’s two Triple Crown winners, Justify (Scat Daddy), whose first foals are weanlings, and American Pharoah (Pioneerof the Nile), who leads the second-crop sire list by graded stakes winners, will stand for $125,000 and $100,000, respectively. Justify stood for $150,000 in 2020 and the reduction is in keeping with what many farms are doing for the upcoming breeding season in response to the economy’s reaction to the COVID-19 pandemic. American Pharoah was officially listed as private in 2020.
New sires for the Versailles location include champion and multiple Grade I winner Maximum Security (New Year’s Day), as well as Echo Town (Speightstown), who won the GI H. Allen Jerkens S. this summer at Saratoga. Their fees will be determined upon retirement. In addition, Coolmore announced Thursday that popular Ireland-based Caravaggio (Scat Daddy) will relocate to Kentucky for the upcoming breeding season.
“Our established sires have enjoyed great success on the racetrack this year, but in recognition of the challenging times we find ourselves in, we have reduced the fees of all of our sires yet to have runners with the one exception of Mendelssohn, who we have probably under-priced all along,” said Ashford’s Director of Sales Charlie O’Connor. “We have three exciting new additions to our roster and we look forward to watching Echo Town and Maximum Security continue to show their brilliance on the racecourse before they retire.”
The full 2021 roster for Ashford Stud is as follows:
Air Force Blue ($10,000)
American Pharoah ($100,000)
Classic Empire ($17,500)
Competitive Edge ($5,000)
Echo Town (TBD)
Lookin At Lucky ($20,000)
Maximum Security (TBD)
Mo Town ($7,500)
Practical Joke ($22,500)
Tale of the Cat ($12,500)
Uncle Mo ($175,000)
Echo Town to Stand at Ashford Stud
Echo Town (Speightstown–Letgomyecho, by Menifee) will take up residence at Ashford Stud upon his retirement from racing.
Purchased by L&N Racing for $100,000 at KEESEP, the ‘TDN Rising Star’ has captured four of his nine starts thus far for earnings of $410,020. The Steve Asmussen trainee scored a career-high this summer when winning the GI Runhappy H. Allen Jerkens S. at Saratoga and was most recently in the GII Stoll Keenon Ogden Phoenix S. at Keeneland Oct. 2.
“We are delighted that Echo Town will be coming to Ashford. He is a very good-looking horse and Speightstown is making an impression as a sire of sires,” said Coolmore’s Director of Sales Charlie O’Connor. “As one of the best sprinters of his generation we think Echo Town offers a similar profile to our own Munnings, who continues to go from strength to strength.”
“We are extremely excited for Echo Town to stand at Coolmore America,” said L&N’s Michael Levinson. “He has been a star on the racetrack, and we’re confident Coolmore will give him every opportunity to succeed as a stallion, we look forward to seeing his foals hit the ground in 2022.”