WinStar Farm has acquired an interest in all four stallions – Bellamy Road, Summer Bird, Artie Schiller and US Ranger – from Pauls Mill and will relocate them to WinStar for the 2012 breeding season.
Pauls Mill is owned and operated by Ben Walden, elder brother of WinStar Farm president Elliott Walden. Ben Walden will continue to operate Pauls Mill as a Thoroughbred farm but will no longer stand stallions.
“It will be rewarding to see the work we have begun with these four stallions meld into the exciting future of WinStar,” said Ben Walden. “I look forward to serving them going forward as WinStar seeks future opportunities in the stallion business.”
Bellamy Road and Artie Schiller both have second crops racing in 2011, and both have already enjoyed success from their progeny. Bellamy Road currently stands No. 3 on the second-crop sires list and has sired four graded stakes winners to date, including Wood Memorial winner Toby’s Corner and undefeated GII-winning 2-year-old filly Position Limit. His second crop ncludes the undefeated 2-year-old filly Georgie’s Angel, recent winner of the Grade III Schuylerville at Saratoga. Artie Schiller has eight stakes horses to date, led by Grade I performer Mr. Commons, who recently captured the Oceanside Stakes at Del Mar.
Summer Bird, the champion 3-year-old male of 2009, and US Ranger stood their first and second years, respectively, in 2011.
“We are extremely excited about these four young stallion prospects, which Ben Walden has already done a fabulous job developing,” said Kenny Troutt, owner of WinStar Farm. “Ben has a God-given talent to see the potential in a young stallion prospect, and Bellamy Road is his latest success story. Ben will stay involved and continue to have a significant interest in all of these stallions’ futures.”
“This was a rare opportunity to buy into four promising young stallions at the upswing of their careers,” added Elliott Walden. “We tested the proven-sire market last year when we acquired Harlan’s Holiday, and he was our most popular stallion in 2011. We’re hoping for similar results from Bellamy Road and Artie Schiller.”
WinStar will announce 2012 stud fees at a later date.