Multiple graded stakes winner Yorkton (Speightstown–Sunday Affair, by A.P. Indy) will take up stud duties at Pope McLean's Crestwood Farm in 2021. Bred and raced by Chiefswood Stables and trained by Stuart Simon, the 6-year-old won the 2018 and 2019 renewals of the GIII Bold Venture S. He was second in the 2018 GII Nearctic S. and third in that year's GIII Vigil S. In his final trip to the post, Yorkton was third in this year's GII True North S. at Belmont Park. On the board in 14 of 30 starts, he retires with seven wins and earnings of $546,332.
Yorkton broke his maiden at two, and won stakes races at 3, 4, and 5. He won stakes from 6.5 furlongs to 1 mile, won or placed in 10 stakes, and his top Beyer was 103.
Chiefswood Stables Limited's Robert Krembil said, “Yorkton comes from an elite family of Grade I winners, champions and sires. Yorkton showed superior athleticism and brilliant speed during his racing career, winning at distances from three quarters to a mile. Chiefswood Stables is committing a significant number of our well-bred broodmares to Yorkton and look forward to giving him every chance to succeed.”
“We are very excited to add Yorkton to our stallion roster,” said Marc McLean. “In addition to being an impressive racehorse from a top female family, Yorkton is an outstanding and correct physical with great muscling and size. We are also excited to offer a quality son of Speightstown, who continues to prove himself as a respected sire of sires. Chiefswood Stables is a top quality organization and they are deeply committed to maximizing Yorkton's opportunities to succeed in the breeding shed and on the racetrack.”
Yorkton will stand his first year at stud for $5,000 LF, and breeders will be offered a $1-million breeders' incentive program.