Darby Dan Farm has set 2021 stud fees for its roster of 12 stallions that will stand the upcoming breeding season, led by Dialed In who will stand for $15,000 S&N, down from $20,000 a season ago.
The roster also features Tapiture, Klimt, and Breeders’ Cup Classic (G1) contender Higher Power, new for 2021, who will each stand for $10,000 S&N. Kentucky Derby (G1) winner Country House, also new for 2021, Flameaway, and Copper Bullet will stand for $7,500 S&N, while Tale of Ekati and Bee Jersey will stand for $5,000; rounding out the roster will be Sky Kingdom at $2,500, S&N, Tale of Verve at $2,000 S&N, and Dolphus who will stand for private treaty.
Dialed In, leading Freshman Sire of 2016 and a perennial leading sire of his crop ever since, is represented in 2020 by Grade 1 winner Get Her Number, winner of the American Pharoah S. (G1) at Santa Anita. Additional stakes winners this year include Bourbon Calling, winner of the Russell Road S. and runner-up in the Ack Ack S. (G3), stakes winner and multiple Graded stakes-placed Princess Cadey, and six-time stakes winner Chalon, as well as impressive 2-year-old stakes winner and Grade 1-placed Super Stock, and Graded stakes-placed runners Finnick the Fierce, placed in the Arkansas Derby (G1) and Answer In, placed in the Southwest S. (G3).
Tapiture has enjoyed another outstanding season in 2020. His Hopeful Growth was a four-length winner of this year’s Monmouth Oaks (G2) and placed in the Black-Eyed Susan S. (G2). He is also represented by TDN Rising Star Premier Star, winner of the Jersey Shore S. and placed in the Amsterdam S. (G2), and stakes winners Steph’sfullasugar, Vacherie Girl and 2-year-old stakes winner Chicks Dig Scars. A Top Five First-Crop Sire of 2019 by earnings and No. 2 First-Crop Sire by winners with 27, he is a leader once again in 2020. Tapiture is the No. 1 Second-Crop Sire by winners (68) and No. 2 by black-type winners (5) and black-type horses (12). His top earner this year is Jesus’ Team, who finished a rallying third in the Preakness S. (G1).
Klimt, Quality Road’s fastest Grade 1-winning 2-year-old, saw first-crop yearlings sell for $160,000, $120,000, $115,000, etc. this year. One of America’s best 2-year-olds of 2016, Klimt was a powerful winner of the Del Mar Futurity (G1), where he ran seven furlongs in 1:21.80, marking the second-fastest time since 2004, behind only American Pharoah.
Higher Power, a dominant 5 ¼-length winner of the 2019 Pacific Classic (G1) at Del Mar, is a five-time winner of more than $1.5 million heading into this year’s Breeders’ Cup. Higher Power has been a gem of consistency competing strictly in top company since his Pacific Classic triumph with Graded stakes placings in the Breeders’ Cup Classic (G1), Hollywood Gold Cup (G1), Awesome Again S. (G1), and San Diego H. (G2).
Also new to the roster is Kentucky Derby (G1) winner Country House. An earner of more than $2.1 million, Country House is by multiple champion and Classic winner Lookin At Lucky, a son of two-time Champion Sire and sire of sires Smart Strike. In addition to his Derby victory, Country House finished second to eventual Classic winner War of Will in the Risen Star S. (G2) at Fair Grounds and was third in the Arkansas Derby (G1).
Darby Dan will once again be offering various incentive programs in 2021 to provide value to breeders, including Profit Protection, Share the Upside, Black-Type Bonanza, and Goldmine 20/20 Match Program.
The full 2021 roster of stallions with stands and nurses fees for Darby Dan is as follows:
|Stallion||Stands and Nurses Fee|
|Country House – NEW||$7,500|
|Higher Power – NEW||$10,000|
|Tale of Ekati||$5,000|
|Tale of Verve||$2,000|