Ocala Stud has set stud fees for its 11-stallion roster for 2018, led again by Canadian Horse of the Year Uncaptured and Grade 1 winner The Big Beast who will both stand for a fee of $6,000 S&N.
Uncaptured has been Florida's most popular stallion in recent years, covering a state-high 140 mares in 2017. The multiple Graded stakes-winning millionaire by Lion Heart was represented by his first crop of yearlings in 2017, which averaged $37,046 at the sales and included a $170,000 filly at OBS October. The Big Beast, by former Florida champion freshman sire Yes It's True, was represented by his first crop of weanlings this year, including a $40,000 colt at Keeneland November.
Florida's second most-popular stallion in 2017 proved to be first-year sire Jess's Dream, who bred 122 mares. The regally-bred son of two Horse of the Year winners – Curlin and Rachel Alexandra – will head into his second season at stud in 2018 with his fee unchanged at $5,000 S&N.
Ocala Stud welcomes two new Grade 1-winning stallions to its 2018 roster – Greenpointcrusader and Noble Bird. Greenpointcrusader, Bernardini's winner of the Champagne S. (G1) as a 2-year-old, will stand his first season for $5,000 S&N. Noble Bird, the millionaire multiple Graded stakes winner who scored his biggest win in the Stephen Foster H. (G1), will also stand for an introductory fee of $5,000 S&N.
Ocala Stud's full 2018 roster with fees are as follows:
|Stallion||2018 Stands and Nurses Fee|
|Awesome of Course||$4,000|
|Greenpointcrusader – NEW||$5,000|
|Hear No Evil||$2,500|
|Noble Bird – NEW||$5,000|
|The Big Beast||$6,000|
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