Harlan Malter, managing partner for the ownership group of Florida stallion Bucchero, announced a new bonus program on Saturday specifically offered as a reward to breeders who are showing early support for the stallion in his early seasons.
The “Bucchero Loyalty Lock-In, Breed Twice..Lock in the Price” program allows breeders who breed a mare to Bucchero in both the 2020 and 2021 seasons (does not need to be the same mare) to “lock-in” that stud fee for a breeding in 2022, 2023 and 2024.
Bucchero stands at Pleasant Acres Stallions in Morriston, Fla., for an advertised fee of $5,000.
“So many breeders in Florida have supported stallions early in their career, watched their foals help make the stallion, only to then get priced out when the stud fees get raised to two or three times their initial fee.” Malter said. “Stallion owners have every right to raise the stud fees of successful stallions, we just feel that loyalty and support needs to be rewarded. These early breeders are our partners in making Bucchero, if he hits, it is very important for us to make sure the breeders have been rewarded for their loyalty.”
As the first son to stud of Kantharos, Bucchero looks to continue the legacy of his sire who rose from a $5,000 stallion in Florida to a $30,000 rising star at Hill 'n' Dale Farms in Kentucky. Bucchero's precocity, durability, versatility and the family's trademark speed led to a tremendous reception by Florida breeders in his first year. Bucchero covered 130 mares in his debut season at Pleasant Acres, the third most in the state of Florida.
“Bucchero's success in his first year was a real testament to the breeders in Florida who were the foundation of many successful Florida stallions in the past” Malter said. “We were small breeders before Bucchero and continue to be now – with college tuitions to pay for down the road. We were only able to send a total of eight mares to him, so we were absolutely thrilled to see so many Florida breeders be won over by Bucchero's record, exceptional physical and most importantly to us, the class he exudes.”
Malter announced the program Saturday evening during Pleasant Acres' annual stallion showcase.
In attendance were many longtime Florida breeders like Craig Wheeler of Craig Wheeler Thoroughbreds, breeder of star Florida-bred turf sprinter, Imprimis.
“Bucchero is a great looking horse who was super fast, by a hot sire,” commented Wheeler. “I bred to him last year and am breeding back to him this year.”
Bert Pilcher of Shade Tree Farm, breeder of graded stakes-winning Florida-breds Imperial Hint and Three Rules, echoed the sentiment
“I can't wait to see his first foals and hope they look just like him,” he said. “With his versatility as a race horse I feel he has a good shot of being a great stallion in Florida.”
Along with Bucchero, Joe and Helen Barbazon's Pleasant Acres Stallions presented a lineup of stallions that included The stallion roster of Amira's Prince, Beau Choix, Handsome Mike, Long On Value, Neolithic, Ride On Curlin, Squadron A, Too Discreet and Treasure Beach
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