Wednesday, August 18, 2010
All American, a Group 1-winning millionaire by Red Ransom, will ship to North America in 2011 and beyond to stand at John Phillips' Darby Dan Farm in Lexington, KY. Darby Dan acquired an interest in the Roberto-line stallion and will stand the 5-year-old dark bay horse as a venture with John Messara's Arrowfield Stud in Australia.
All American will begin stallion duty this year at Arrowfield Stud, a prominent stallion farm in New South Wales that stands the leading Australian sire, Redoute's Choice. The acquisition by Darby Dan calls for All American to ship to the States annually. He'll stand his first North American season for $10,000 live foal, stands & nurses.
As his name suggests, All American has an American pedigree. He is by the late American sire Red Ransom out of the Strawberry Road mare Milva. The dam is out of multiple Champion Tersa, and is half-sister to leading second-crop sire Rock Hard Ten.
“We're thrilled to buy into such a top-class son of Red Ransom, and we look forward to our association with Mr. Messara and Arrowfield Stud,” Phillips said. “Roberto was bred and raised at Darby Dan, and his sireline has become the perfect cross for Northern Dancer and Mr. Prospector line mares. He will stand at a price substantially less than what he will stand for in Australia, giving American breeders the break they need in this market. It is a smart move by John Messara to create an international sire, but it is an incredible opportunity for us.
“Physically, All American is a striking specimen, standing over 16.1 hands tall with remarkable strength, scope and elegance. He has many similarities to Rock Hard Ten, who is having tremendous success at stud right now. They were both high-class performers by sons of Roberto, and they both hail from the same immediate female family,” he added.
Despite his American-oriented pedigree, All American was foaled and raced in Australia where he was a Group 1 performer at 2 & 3 and a Group 1-winning miler at 4. He captured the $1 million Emirates Stakes (G1) at the famous Flemington track, setting a record in the prestigious mile race.
“All American should suit American breeders well on his class and precociousness,” said Messara. “He was the only 2-year-old of his crop to run in the first five in the Group 1 Blue Diamond Stakes and the Group 1 Golden Slipper, two of Australia's best races for juveniles. And his Group 1 Emirates Stakes win at a mile in 1:33.98 was the fastest in the race's history.”
All American retired to stud at the close of 2009 with career earnings of $1,137,321 from 24 starts.
“By Roberto’s leading sire son Red Ransom, a close relation to promising young sire Rock Hard Ten, All American has as his name suggests, a truly red-white-and-blue pedigree,” said Australian pedigree analyst Byron Rogers. “What’s more he was fast. He broke 1:34 timed from the gate at Flemington in the Group 1 Emirates Stakes, and you rarely see a horse do that on that course.”