It appears the experiment has been a success and it is time to patent the product.
Several years ago, WinStar Farm in Kentucky and Tim Hamm's Blazing Meadows Farm in Ohio entered into a partnership with selected stallions being bred to Hamm's mares to return to Ohio to foal. WinStar began to add their own mares to the formula and since the foals hit the track with Hamm as trainer, there have been several stakes winners and they have already produced two state champions.
With those experiences in place, WinStar has decided to expand their hoofprint in the Buckeye State by standing National Flag, a graded stakes winning colt they raced with China Horse Club International. WinBlaze LLC is the name of the recently formed alliance.
“WinBlaze LLC is something I would hope Ohio would embrace. These are things you see in a good state program. We just purchased 10 mares to move to Ohio and will have a total of 16 there,” stated Elliot Walden, president, CEO, and racing manager of WinStar.
“It's a business venture based on two main points,” Walden emphasized. “The first is the health of the Ohio program and it looks to be strong. The second is the opportunity to get National Flag off to a solid start as a stallion. He's a graded quality horse and a well-made individual who was a $600,000 yearling purchase. As he developed as a 3-year-old he captured the Grade 3 Bay Shore in a quick time over a nice horse in Engage and we felt he may be our Preakness horse. Sadly, he contracted EPM at the racetrack.”
“This partnership provides a great opportunity, not only for us but it should be exciting for guys up there who breed to race. National Flag will be a part of our “Dream Big” program. We are offering 20 shares where if a breeder brings two mares and have foals by him, they will inherit lifetime breeding rights. We stand his sire Speighstown, who throws horses that run on all levels – dirt, turf, long or short. Now we are seeing that he is proving to be a sire of sires.”
Sean Tugel, director of bloodstock for WinStar concurs, “Speightstown has four sons that have produced Grade 1 winners. As a $600,000 yearling, National Flag is a high-quality horse. We went to the Keeneland November Sale to seek mares that specifically fit with him. John Prather, our in-house pedigree analyst pinpointed the ones we should look at. At the sale they had to be the proper physical and pass every test. I believe those 10 mares will compliment him very well.”
Date to Remember, a daughter of Bernardini, is the dam of National Flag and two other foals, all winners. Bernina Star (Harlan's Holiday) is a multiple graded stakes winner of $243,291 and December Seven (Street Sense) set a new track record at Churchill Downs for 1 3/16 miles in 1:56.60. Date to Remember is a half-sister to seven winners, including multiple graded stakes winner and track -record setter Eddington (Unbridled) earner of $1,216,760.
National Flag will stand at Blazing Meadows in North Jackson, Ohio for an introductory fee of $2,500.
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