Spendthrift announces 2023 stallion roster & fees including 4 new stallions
October 13, 2022
Spendthrift Farm has announced stud fees for its roster of 27 stallions set to stand at the Lexington-based farm for the upcoming 2023 breeding season, led again by North America’s reigning three-time champion General Sire, Into Mischief who will stand for $250,000 S&N.
Spendthrift has added four new stallions including 2022 multiple Grade One winners Jackie’s Warrior and Cyberknife – both pointing for next month’s Breeders’ Cup – as well as 2022 classic winner Mo Donegal and the regally-bred Grade Two winner Greatest Honour. Champion Jackie’s Warrior and Cyberknife are set to retire at season’s end, while Mo Donegal and Greatest Honour are available for inspection at the farm.
“We are extremely excited about the new stallions we are bringing in for 2023. They represent exactly what we hope to do each year, in terms of offering quality and value at all levels of the market,” said Ned Toffey, Spendthrift general manager. “Jackie’s Warrior is a brilliantly fast champion and one of the most decorated racehorses to come around in recent years. Mo Donegal is a graded winner at two and classic winner at three. Cyberknife won two of the most high-profile Grade Ones for three-year-olds, and Greatest Honour has a rare combination of talent, looks and pedigree that you don’t find often at his level of the market. From $50,000 on down to $7,500, all four of these horses were precocious, displayed immense talent, are tremendous physicals, and possess the sire power breeders are looking for.”
Jackie’s Warrior, the reigning Champion Sprinter in North America, will be a favorite in the $2 million Breeders’ Cup Sprint (G1) Nov. 5th at Keeneland. The five-time Grade One winner became the first horse in the long history of Saratoga to win a Grade One in each of the last three years. Trained by Steve Asmussen for owners Kirk & Judy Robison, Jackie’s Warrior has earned $2,779,164 to date and will retire as the most accomplished racehorse to date by Maclean’s Music. Jackie’s Warrior’s will stand his first season for a fee of $50,000 S&N.
Cyberknife became the first multiple Grade One-winning colt for his super-sire Gun Runner when he captured a couple of million-dollar Grade One races in 2022. Trained by Brad Cox, the three-year-old scored a dominant victory in the Arkansas Derby (G1) at Oaklawn this spring over eventual Kentucky Oaks winner Secret Oath and came back to defeat a star-studded field this summer in Monmouth’s Haskell Invitational (G1), besting multiple Grade One winners Taiba and Jack Christopher. The chestnut colt has earned $1,917,520 to date for owner Al Gold’s Gold Square, and he’ll make his next start in either the $6 million Breeders’ Cup Classic (G1) or $1 million Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile (G1) at Keeneland. His introductory fee will be determined and announced upon his retirement from racing.
Mo Donegal recently retired to Spendthrift after defeating probable champion Nest and Kentucky Derby hero Rich Strike in the $1.5 million Belmont Stakes (G1), joining Nyquist as Uncle Mo’s only classic-winning sons at stud. Campaigned by trainer Todd Pletcher, owner Repole Stable – the same connections as his sire Uncle Mo – and owner Donegal Racing, Mo Donegal also won the Remsen (G2) at two over Grade One winner Zandon, and Wood Memorial (G2) at three over classic winner Early Voting. Another millionaire earner of $1,511,800, Mo Donegal will stand for a fee of $20,000 S&N.
Greatest Honour, winner of the 2021 Fountain of Youth (G2) and Holy Bull (G3) at Gulfstream, was a frontrunner for last year’s Triple Crown before sustaining an injury as the odds-on favorite in the Florida Derby (G1). Trained by Shug McGaughy for owner Courtlandt Farms, the regally-bred son of Tapit recently retired to Spendthrift with earnings of $446,440. His second dam is 2007 Broodmare of the Year Better Than Honour, making his dam a half-sister to classic winners Rags to Riches and Jazil as well as Breeders’ Cup winner Man of Iron. Greatest Honour will stand his first season at stud for $7,500 S&N.
“It is a very encouraging time for our industry and the breeding community,” Toffey said. “The trend of rising purses we are seeing at racetracks across the country has helped contribute to a yearling market that is breaking records. The demand for a racehorse has not been this strong in a long time, and people have to feel good heading into the breeding season.
“At Spendthrift, we have continued to grow our quality and quantity of stallions, and that has now put us in a position to be able to offer the most diverse roster we’ve had. We have always strived to provide the best opportunities for breeders, and we believe more than ever that every breeder in the market can have confidence in being rewarded by the quality and value we can offer across the board,” he added.
Into Mischief again leads all North American sires in almost every vital category in 2022, and, with roughly 2 ½ months to go, his $21,408,986 in progeny earnings through Oct. 12th puts him on pace to again break the all-time record of $24,411,267, which he set a year ago. Among his industry-high 13 graded stakes winners to date in 2022 is multiple Grade One winner Life Is Good and recent Grade One-winning two-year-old filly Wonder Wheel, who captured last weekend’s Alcibiades (G1) at Keeneland to also move Into Mischief to the top as North America’s No. 1 Juvenile Sire again in 2022. Into Mischief’s stud fee will remain at $250,000 S&N.
Popular third-season sire Authentic, Into Mischief’s Horse of the Year son, will stand for $60,000 S&N, down slightly from his 2022 fee. The 2020 Kentucky Derby (G1) and Breeders’ Cup Classic (G1) hero will be represented by his highly-anticipated first crop of weanlings at the upcoming November sales.
Leading freshman sire Bolt d’Oro will see an increase in his fee to $35,000 S&N. Bolt d’Oro currently leads all North American sires with 10 black type two-year-olds – at least three more than any other stallion – and co-leads all North American sires with 4 black type winners from his debut crop to race. He will likely be represented by multiple two-year-olds in next month’s Breeders’ Cup, including recent Pilgrim (G2) winner Major Dude.
Omaha Beach and Yaupon will remain at $30,000 S&N, respectively, following overwhelming popularity in their own regard in 2022. Three-time Grade One winner Omaha Beach’s first crop of yearlings have averaged $220,797 to date, making him far and away the leading freshman in the sales arena. Yaupon, the fast Grade One-winning son of Uncle Mo, was in high demand during his first season at stud in 2022, quickly booking full.
Spendthrift’s stallions under $20,000 are led by champion Vino Rosso, who was one of four freshmen – along with Omaha Beach and Mitole – with a six-figure average from first-crop yearlings to sell in 2022. Vino Rosso will stand for a reduced fee of $15,000 S&N. Multiple Grade 1-winning millionaire Vekoma, whose first crop of weanlings will sell next month, and the aforementioned champion Mitole will also stand for $15,000 S&N. Established leading sires Goldencents and Jimmy Creed will represent value at the $10,000 S&N level. Also standing for $10,000 S&N are Grade One winners and second-year stallions Known Agenda and Rock Your World.
Spendthrift will conduct stallion inspections Oct. 24-27 from 1-3pm daily, during the Fasig-Tipton October sale. Stallions are also available for inspection most days upon appointment.
For more information about any of Spendthrift’s stallions or to set up an inspection, please contact Des, Mark, or Brian at 859-294-0030, or visit SpendthriftFarm.com. The below chart includes Spendthrift’s current stallion roster and 2023 stud fees:
|Stallions||Stands and Nurses Fee|
|Jackie’s Warrior – NEW||$50,000|
|Mo Donegal – NEW||$20,000|
|Rock Your World||$10,000|
|Greatest Honour – NEW||$7,500|
|By My Standards||$5,000|
|Free Drop Billy||$5,000|
|Cyberknife – NEW||TBA|
*Fees are subject to change pending future race results. Breeders can lock in pricing by booking early.