Vinery Kentucky’s More Than Ready and Congrats head a group of five stallions that have been relocated to WinStar Farm. Kodiak Kowboy, Pure Prize and Street Hero are also headed to WinStar.
Vinery owner Dr. Tom Simon announced in late August that he was putting his North American breeding and training operations up for sale. WinStar had previously acquired former Vinery stallions Pioneerof the Nile and Maimonides for the 2013 breeding season.
“With the announcement of the selling of the farm earlier this year, we knew this day would come,” Vinery CEO Tom Ludt said. “I am proud of what we accomplished with these stallions, and am excited to see them continue their careers at a place like WinStar.”
WinStar is set to open a new stallion barn in February.
“These are exciting times at WinStar, and we’re thrilled to be able to welcome these terrific stallions to the WinStar family as we get set to open the doors on our new state-of-the-art stallion complex,” Elliott Walden, President & CEO of WinStar said in a release. “We’ve already enjoyed overwhelming response from breeders since adding Maimonides and Pioneerof the Nile, and we’re thankful that the shareholders of these five stallions have shown confidence in WinStar too.”
More Than Ready comes to WinStar with global success that has seen the dark bay stallion develop into a popular leading sire in both the Northern and Southern Hemispheres. He’s sired 63 stakes winners and 21 Graded stakes winners to date in the Northern Hemisphere, and 49 stakes winners and 25 Graded stakes winners to date in the Southern Hemisphere, primarily in Australia and New Zealand where he’s sired three champions and been a two-time leading juvenile sire. In North America, More Than Ready has sired three Breeders’ Cup winners in the last three years, and was champion juvenile sire in 2010. His fee in 2013 will remain $60,000 stands and nurses.
Congrats has quickly ascended as one of the leading young heirs to A.P. Indy. The grand-looking bay was the 2012 champion freshman sire in North America, and he’s already sired three Grade 1 winners to date from his first three crops to race. Congrats, who will stand in 2013 for $35,000 stands and nurses, has several big crops coming. He bred 129 mares in 2010, 205 mares in 2011 and 131 mares in 2012.
“Vinery has done a terrific job with these stallions, and we will strive to be good stewards of all of their careers,” Walden added. “What a great way to baptize our new stallion facility with proven horses like More Than Ready, Congrats and Pure Prize, as well as promising young stallions like Kodiak Kowboy and Street Hero. They compliment our roster extremely well, and we look forward to our greatest days ahead of us.”