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Protonico to stand at Darby Dan in 2018
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Protonico, the four-time Graded stakes-winning son of Giant’s Causeway, has moved to John Phillips’ Darby Dan Farm in Lexington to stand the upcoming 2018 breeding season. His fee will be $6,500 stands and nurses.

Campaigned by Sumaya U.S. Stable, Protonico’s four Graded wins are more than any son of Giant’s Causeway standing stud in North America, and he won them on four different racetracks. The striking dark bay broke his maiden by 12 ¾ lengths at first asking at six furlongs as a 2-year-old, and went on to capture the Smarty Jones S. (G3) at Parx and Discovery H. (G3) at Aqueduct around two turns as a 3-year-old.

He completed his sophomore campaign with a fast-closing runner-up finish in the Clark H. (G1) against older horses at Churchill, finishing a diminishing half-length behind Hoppertunity and 1 ¼ lengths ahead of multiple Grade 1 winner Constitution. As a 4-year-old, Protonico showed his speed and versatility by developing a front-running and stalking style in most of his starts, including a wire-to-wire five-length romp in Keeneland’s Ben Ali S. (G3). He ran 1 1/8 miles in 1:48.79 over a fast track, earning a career-best 107 Beyer.

Protonico went on to score his biggest career win in his next start when he proved best over Grade 1 winners Noble Bird and Honor Code in the Alysheba S. (G2) at Churchill on Kentucky Derby weekend. He ran 1 1/16 miles in 1:42.34 over a fast track, earning his second career 103 Beyer.

A near-millionaire earner of $997,587, Protonico had seven wins at six different racetracks and five different distances, from six furlongs to 1 1/8 miles, and on both fast and off-track conditions. He is out of the A.P. Indy mare Alpha Spirit, and his second dam is three-time Grade 1 and Grade 2 winner Wild Spirit (Chi), winner of the Ruffian H. (G1) at Saratoga.

For more information about Protonico, or to set up an inspection, please contact Ryan Norton at (859) 254-0424 or ryan@darbydan.com, or visit DarbyDan.com.