Bucchero (Kantharos–Meetmeontime, by General Meeting) will become the first son at stud for his up-and-coming young sire when he joins the stallion ranks at Pleasant Acres Stallions in Morriston, Florida, for the 2019 breeding season. He will stand for $5,000.
“We could not be more excited to have Bucchero join our expanding stallion roster for 2019,” said Joe Barbazon, owner of Pleasant Acres Stallions. “Kantharos was a very successful stallion in Florida. The opportunity to offer his son to the many breeders in Florida, who were successful with his sire, is exciting. Pleasant Acres Farm and [Bucchero's] ownership will be supporting him with some of our best mares.”
Stakes-placed on career debut and assigned a strong 4 on ThoroGraph for his second-out maiden victory against open company, the flashy chestnut cleared his first allowance condition in a five-furlong turf sprint at Parx (:56 3/5), then proved he could handle two turns with a defeat of older horses in the To Much Coffee S. at Indiana Grand. He continued his domination of state-bred stakes company as a 4-year-old with a towering 7 1/4-length score in the six-furlong Brickyard S. and a successful defense of his title in the To Much Coffee.
Connections turned their sights on open company in 2017 and Bucchero proved equal to the task. Second in a lone synthetic appearance in the Boyes Memorial S. at Presque Isle, he earned a 99 Beyer Speed Figure for the Sen. Robert Byrd Memorial S. before posting a second consecutive score in the Brickyard. Dismissed at 26-1 for Keeneland's GII Woodford S., Bucchero punched his ticket to the GI Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint with a stalk-and-pounce victory and covered himself in glory in the latter event, going down by a length in fourth.
Bucchero has held top form into a 6-year-old campaign in 2018, with a runner-up effort in the GII Shakertown S. at Keeneland and a troubled third in the GIII Turf Sprint S. at Churchill before missing fourth by an inch in the G1 King's Stand S. at Royal Ascot. Checked hard on the backstretch and wide around the turn when a deceptively good fifth to horse-for-the-course Pure Sensation (Zensational) in the GIII Turf Monster S. in September, he made it back-to-back scores in the Woodford at Keeneland and will run out of his own Churchill barn in this year's Turf Sprint.
Trained early in his career by Mike Trombetta and for the majority of his career by Tim Glyshaw on behalf of Ironhorse Racing Stable, Bucchero has amassed a record of 11-6-3-0 from 30 runs and has bankrolled better than $937,000 to date, the leading Indiana-bred earner in history.
Bucchero is one of four graded winners and 17 black-type winners overall for Kantharos, the sire of over 70% winners to runners, who was relocated to Kentucky in 2016 after standing five seasons at Ocala Stud, and will command a fee of $20,000 for 2019. Bucchero is closely related to World of Trouble, a dual stakes-winning and Grade II-placed runner who is out of a Valid Expectations half-sister to Bucchero. World of Trouble is also a candidate for the Turf Sprint.
WATCH: Bucchero goes back-to-back in the GII Woodford S.