B. Wayne Hughes' Spendthrift Farm has announced five new stallions for the 2020 breeding season, including Breeders' Cup Classic contender Vino Rosso, last year's undefeated 2-year-old Maximus Mischief and five-time graded stakes winner Coal Front.
“There is obviously a tremendous amount of history here at Spendthrift, and it's long been a goal of Mr. Hughes to return this great farm to its better days as a premier stallion operation. We believe we are doing that,” said Ned Toffey, Spendthrift general manager. “Currently, we are the only North American farm standing three stallions that have multiple Grade 1 winners in 2019, with Malibu Moon, Temple City and, of course, Into Mischief who's the number-one general sire in the land.
“The addition of these five new horses will greatly complement our stallion roster and is representative of our commitment,” Toffey continued. “It is the finest group we've had the privilege to bring in, and the best this storied farm has seen in decades. There is quality and diversity for every breeder. We're extremely excited about all five horses and the future of Spendthrift.”
Spendthrift has acquired the breeding rights to the Grade 1-winning son of Curlin from owners Mike Repole of Repole Stable and Vinnie Viola of St. Elias Stable. Winner of this year's Grade 1 Gold Cup at Santa Anita, Vino Rosso is being pointed to the Breeders' Cup Classic before he's set to retire to stud.
Trained by Todd Pletcher, the millionaire won on debut at Aqueduct as a 2-year-old before returning to win the prestigious G2 Wood Memorial at three. This year, Vino Rosso captured the Stymie Stakes at Aqueduct in his 4-year-old debut before shipping to California to win the $500,000 Gold Cup at Santa Anita over Grade 1 winner Gift Box.
Bred by John Gunther, Vino Rosso has earned $1,353,125 from five wins in 13 starts to date. He is out of the Street Cry (Ire) mare Mythical Bride, who's a half-sister to several Grade 1 performers including Commissioner. Vino Rosso's fee will be announced at a later date.
Maximus Mischief has retired to Spendthrift and will be immediately available for inspection upon appointment. One of the early winter book favorites for the 2019 Kentucky Derby, the son of leading general sire Into Mischief was undefeated in three starts as a 2-year-old by a combined 17 lengths, including a decisive victory over Tax in the G2 Remsen Stakes at Aqueduct.
Campaigned by owners Cash is King and LC Racing, the precocious colt earned Beyer Speed Figures of 94, 98 & 97 in his three performances at two, making him one of the fastest juveniles of his crop and one of the fastest ever by his champion juvenile sire.
Bred by Martha Jane Mulholland, Maximus Mischief was a $340,000 2-year-old purchase out of the young Songandaprayer mare Reina Maria, a half-sister to the Grade 1-winning juvenile Secret Compass. His 2020 fee has been set at $7,500 S&N.
Spendthrift has also acquired the breeding rights to four-time graded stakes-winning millionaire-miler Coal Front from his owners Robert LaPenta and Head of Plains Partners. Trained by Todd Pletcher, Coal Front is being pointed to the G2 Kelso Stakes at Belmont on Sept. 21 with the potential of running in the Breeders' Cup and G1 Cigar Mile prior to retiring to stud.
An earner of $1,725,280 to date, Coal Front has won graded stakes at five different distances from six furlongs to 1 1/16 miles on dirt. After a dominant maiden win on debut at Keeneland and allowance win over eventual Grade 1 winner Patternrecognition at Belmont in his second start, the striking dark bay colt remained undefeated with a victory in the 6 1/2-furlong G2 Amsterdam Stakes at Saratoga, earning a 104 Beyer. He closed out his 3-year-old season with a win in the six-furlong Grade 3 Gallant Bob Stakes at Parx, earning a 107 Beyer – one of the fastest of the year by a sophomore.
Coal Front won the seven-furlong G3 Mr. Prospector Stakes at Gulfstream as a 4-year-old and carried his top form into 2019, winning the 1 1/16-mile, $500,000 G3 Razorback Stakes at Oaklawn and $1,500,000 G2 Godolphin Mile at Meydan.
A $575,000 2-year-old purchase, Coal Front has won seven of 11 starts to date. He is by Stay Thirsty and hails out of the Mineshaft mare Miner's Secret, with Kingmambo and Seattle Slew being his second and third broodmare sires, respectively. His fee will too be announced at a later date.
Omaha Beach and Mitole are also in training and gearing up for significant Fall campaigns, including the Breeders' Cup, prior to retiring to Spendthrift.
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