Thursday, November 01, 2007
Sun King, a millionaire and multiple GII winner, will enter stud at Darby Dan Farm in 2008 for a fee of $10,000.
“Darby Dan is honored that Tracy Farmer selected Darby Dan to stand Sun King,” commented co-managing partner John Phillips. “In an effort to insure the best possible mare book for Sun King, Mr. Farmer has decided to offer a free breeding to Sun King to graded stakes winning or graded stakes producing mares. Breeders are encouraged to contact Darby Dan regarding other unique and exciting incentives.”
A $400,000 Keeneland January yearling, Sun King competed at the highest levels throughout his four years of racing for owner Tracy Farmer and trainer Nick Zito. In just his third and fourth starts, he placed in the GI Champagne Stakes and GI Bessemer Trust Breeders' Cup Juvenile. Sun King placed in six additional GI stakes, including the 2007 Woodward Stakes to Lawyer Ron at Saratoga. In last year's GI Whitney Handicap Sun King finished a breathtaking second to eventual Horse of the Year, Invasor.
Sun King captured the GII Commonwealth Breeders' Cup Stakes at Keeneland and the GII Pennsylvania Derby, showing versatility by winning at distances from 7 furlongs to 1 1/8 miles. He won or placed in 17 of 27 races and earned $2,197,018. Sun King will not be syndicated and will remain the property of Tracy Farmer.