Darby Dan Farm has set 2024 stud fees for its roster of 12 stallions that will stand the upcoming breeding season, led by Flameaway, a leading first-crop stallion this year, who will stand for $15,000 S&N, and Dialed In, who will also stand for $15,000 S&N. In addition, the roster features Higher Power and Modernist, who will both stand for $10,000 S&N.
Flameaway, a multiple graded stakes-winning son of Scat Daddy, is currently the fourth-ranked First-Crop Sire with progeny earnings of more than $1.2 million. The sire of 15 first-crop winners overall, including a new maiden special weight winner today in New York in Reagan’s Flame, Flameaway is the co-leading First-Crop Sire by black-type winners with two. His top runner is undefeated three-time stakes winner Dreamfyre, a leading contender for next month’s Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf (G1) at Santa Anita.
A front-running winner of the Surfer Girl S. (G3) on turf at Santa Anita in her most recent start, Dreamfyre also annexed the Sorrento S. (G3) at Del Mar by a dominating 3 ½ lengths in her second start and broke her maiden in winning the Everett Nevin S. at Pleasanton by 3 ½ lengths in her career debut. A $140,000 OBS Spring Sale graduate, Dreamfyre has already banked $285,000. Flameaway is also represented in his initial crop by She’s Fire, victorious in the Fitz Dixon Jr. Memorial S. at Presque Isle Downs, and stakes-placed Bella Haze, runner-up in the $500,000 Juvenile Fillies S. at Kentucky Downs.
With interest from breeders peaking, Flameaway will have limited season availability at $15,000 as Breeders’ Cup results could warrant a change in fee.
Dialed In, Champion Freshman Sire of 2016 and a perennial leading sire of his crop ever since, is represented this year by Defunded, winner of the Hollywood Gold Cup S. (G1) and the Californian S. (G2), both at Santa Anita. In addition to his graded stakes scores, Defunded was runner-up in both the $3 million Pegasus World Cup (G1) and most recently in the $300,000 Awesome Again S. (G1), and third in the Santa Anita Handicap (G1) en route to amassing earnings of $1,058,500 this year, alone. Dialed In’s Gambling Girl, a stakes winner last year at two, finished second in this year’s Kentucky Oaks (G1) and third in the Coaching Club American Oaks (G1). Dialed In has been represented by Grade 1 winners each of the last four years, and he boasts progeny earnings in excess of $43 million.
Higher Power, a Grade 1-winning millionaire by Medaglia d’Oro from a deep Pin Oak family, is represented in 2023 by first yearlings that have sold for up to $150,000, $120,000, $100,000, etc. A dominant 5 ¼-length winner of the $1 million Pacific Classic (G1), Higher Power posted three triple-digit Beyers during his racing career, including a 107 Beyer in the Pacific Classic. He will be represented by his first 2-year-olds in 2024.
Modernist, a multiple graded stakes winner by Uncle Mo, welcomed his first foals in 2023. A front-running winner of the $400,000 Risen Star S. (G2) as a 3-year-old, Modernist was a strong 2 ½-length winner of the $150,00 Excelsior S. (G3) as a 4-year-old. He is produced from the Bernardini mare Symbolic Gesture, a half-sister to both Sweet Catomine, Champion 2-Year-Old Filly and winner of the 2004 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies (G1), and Life is Sweet, winner of the 2009 Breeders’ Cup Ladies Classic (G1).
The 2024 Darby Dan Farm roster is as follows:
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**Subject to change