Second Crop sire Protonico (Giant's Causeway-Alpha Spirit, by A.P. Indy), standing at Castleton Lyons, will stand for $10,000 LFSN in 2022, up from $5,000 this season. From his initial crop, the dark bay is responsible for GI Kentucky Derby winner Medina Spirit, who is also among the leading candidates for Champion 3-year-old colt honors this season. Campaigned by Zedan Racing Stables, the Florida bred won this year's GI Awesome Again S., GIII Robert B. Lewis S. and Shared Belief S. Additionally, he finished runner up in GI Breeders' Cup Classic, GI Runhappy Santa Anita Derby and third in the GI Preakness S. Trained by Bob Baffert, the dark bay currently has five wins from 10 career starts with over $3.5 million in earnings. Protonico, winner of four graded starts during his racing career including the GII Alysheba S., also finished runner up in the GI Clark S.
The 10-year-old sire is also responsible for a pair of stakes horses from his second crop to race bringing his lifetime AEI to 6.33 (through 11/8/21). This term, his 2021 yearlings averaged $63,833, from six sold, with a median of $66,000. The top priced offerings by the sire this season sold for $120,000, and $100,000 at Keeneland September.