Vinery Kentucky’s More Than Ready (Southern Halo) and Congrats (A.P. Indy) headline a group of five stallions who have been relocated to WinStar Farm in Versailles. Kodiak Kowboy (Posse), Pure Prize (Storm Cat) and Street Hero (Street Cry) are also headed to Kenny Troutt’s operation for the 2013 breeding season. It was announced in December that fellow Vinery stallions Pioneerof the Nile (Empire Maker) and Maimonides (Vindication) were also headed to WinStar.
“These are exciting times at WinStar, and we’re thrilled to be able to welcome these terrific stallions to the WinStar family as we get set to open the doors on our new state-of-the-art stallion complex,” said Elliott Walden, President and CEO at WinStar. “We’ve already enjoyed overwhelming response from breeders since adding Maimonides and Pioneerof the Nile, and we’re thankful that the shareholders of these five stallions have shown confidence in WinStar, too.”
More Than Ready, a leading sire in both the Northern and Southern Hemispheres, has sired 112 stakes winners worldwide, including a trio of Breeders’ Cup winners. He will stand for $60,000. Congrats, already the sire of three Grade 1 winners from his first three crops to race, will stand for $35,000.
“Vinery has done a terrific job with these stallions, and we will strive to be good stewards of all of their careers,” Walden continued. “What a great way to baptize our new stallion facility with proven horses like More Than Ready, Congrats and Pure Prize, as well as promising young stallions like Kodiak Kowboy and Street Hero. They complement our roster extremely well, and we look forward to our greatest days ahead of us.”
Vinery CEO Tom Ludt added, “With the announcement of the selling of the farm earlier this year, we knew this day would come. I am proud of what we accomplished with these stallions, and I am excited to see them continue their careers at a place like WinStar.”
Extract from Thoroughbred Daily News