National Flag (Speightstown–Date to Remember, by Bernardini) will stand the 2019 breeding season at Blazing Meadows Farm as part of an expanded partnership between WinStar Farm and Tim Hamm’s Ohio farm.
“He is a beautiful horse that was loaded with talent,” WinStar Farm CEO Elliott Walden said of the 3-year-old. “He came down with a severe case of EPM after the GIII Pat Day Mile on Derby day that unfortunately ended his career prematurely. He showed his class and talent at the best racetracks in the country, winning at Saratoga, Gulfstream and Aqueduct, and is by the versatile sire Speightstown, who I love as a sire of sires.”
Racing for WinStar, China Horse Club International and SF Racing, National Flag won three of six starts, including this year’s GIII Bay Shore S. for trainer Todd Pletcher.
“We have produced some top Ohio-breds with WinStar over the last few years and I am excited about the talent, looks, and pedigree that National Flag brings to Ohio,” Hamm said. “Our partnership bought 10 mares at the Keeneland November sale, and we have seen local interest in National Flag with over 20 mares on his book already. We hope he will be a leading sire in Ohio for the next decade.”
National Flag will participate in WinStar’s popular “Dream Big” program and will offer breeders an opportunity to earn a lifetime breeding right when they breed and produce two live foals at the advertised fee of $2,500. For more information on the program, contact Gavin O’Connor of WinStar Farm at 859-285-2871 or [email protected]