Stud fees in brief: news on Darby Dan and Spendthrift Farm
Spendthrift introduces Lord Nelson at a fee of $25,000
Two farms in Kentucky - Darby Dan and Spendthrift - have released covering fees for the 2018 breeding season, with Into Mischief's rise from a fee of $75,000 to $100,000 among the noteworthy upgrades.
Lord Nelson, a three-time Grade 1-winning sprinter, missed his first covering season this year as he was battling laminitis, but he has been given the all-clear and will be introduced at Spendthrift at a fee of $25,000.
Gormley, a Grade 1-winning miler at two and three, including this year's Santa Anita Derby, will be offered to breeders at a fee of $10,000, while Malibu Moon will continue to stand at a fee of $75,000.
Meanwhile, three of Darby Dan's eight-strong roster have been upgraded, with Dialed In upped from $15,000 to $25,000.
Spendthrift Farm 2018 covering fees
|Can The Man||$3,500||$3,500||-|
|Hit It A Bomb||$7,000||$7,000||-|
|Shakin It Up||$5,000||$5,000||-|
Darby Dan Farm 2018 covering fees
|Run Away And Hide||$5,000||$10,000||+$5,000|
|Tale Of Ekati||$7,500||$7,500||-|
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Dortmund retired to stud in Maryland
Dortmund, a Grade 1 winner at two and three, has been retired from racing for a second time to stand at Bonita Farm in Maryland, where he will stand at a fee of $7,500.
"He is a fantastic-looking horse. He just captivates you," Bill Boniface of Bonita told the Blood-Horse. "He is so well balanced and has a tremendous presence about him. I think he will get a lot of strong support."
Trained in the earlier part of his racing career by Bob Baffert, the son of Big Brown was unbeaten in his first six starts, winning the Los Alamitos Futurity Stakes at two and the Santa Anita Derby at three.
Dortmund then finished a creditable third and fourth behind American Pharoah in the Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes. At four, he hit the frame in the San Diego Handicap, Pacific Classic and Awesome Again Stakes, all of which were won by California Chrome.
Switched to the yard of Art Sherman this year, the five-year-old failed to match his previous form and was retired following an unsatisfactory piece of work.
"[Sherman and assistant trainer Alan Sherman] didn't give me the thumbs up on him after that work," owner Kaleem Shah told the Blood-Horse. "We were only going to race if he was training with the same gusto [he showed early in his career]. I would have brought him back if he was."