In a deal brokered by trainer Cody Autrey's Autrey Bloodstock, Mark Valeski will relocate from central Kentucky's Airdrie Stud to Lake Hamilton Equine in Royal, Ark.
A multiple graded-stakes winner on the racetrack, Mark Valeski retired with earnings of over $658,000 for trainer Larry Jones and owner/breeder Brereton C. Jones. His signature wins came in Belmont's Grade 2 Peter Pan Stakes and the G3 Mineshaft Handicap at Fair Grounds – a track where he also finished second in the G2 Louisiana Derby, G2 Risen Star Stakes and the G2 New Orleans Handicap.
Mark Valeski initially retired to Woodford Thoroughbreds in Reddick, Fla., as a partnership between Woodford and Airdrie Stud. Both parties retain their ownership of the stallion as he moves to Lake Hamilton Equine. His first crop of foals to race include the juvenile stakes winner Backtohisroots as well as the G2 Remsen Stakes and G3 Nashua Stakes runner-up Network Effect.
“Mark Valeski was as honest as they come on the racetrack, and his runners are showing that same great will to complete,” said Airdrie Stud's Bret Jones. “While he never got the big books or pedigrees that high-profile stallion prospects enjoy, he has punched well above his weight in siring talented and sound racehorses that can win at the best racetracks in America. He is the perfect stallion for Arkansas breeders to use to take advantage of the great purses at Oaklawn Park, and our partnership is very happy that he'll receive this opportunity to succeed.”
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