“The rise of Curlin as an elite sire of Grade I winners, on any surface at any distance of either sex, makes him a unique choice for breeders,” said John G. Sikura, President of Hill ‘n’ Dale Farms. “He has three outstanding Grade I winners this year and the best is yet to come. We will support him with our best mares and encourage our clients to do the same.”
Two-time Horse of the Year Curlin, sire of such Grade I winners as Keen Ice, Stellar Wind and Curalina in 2015, will stand for an advertised fee of $100,000 in 2016 at Hill ‘n’ Dale Farms, up from the $35,000 he commanded this year.
Curlin relocated from Lane’s End Farm to Hill ‘n’ Dale this summer after the latter purchased a 20 percent interest in the stallion. The son of Smart Strike currently ranks seventh on the General Sire List with progeny earning in excess of $9,500,000.
Sikura added they would limit Curlin’s book 125 mares “with the ability to add up to 15 additional mares later in the season”.
“He is like a family member to us and we are thrilled by his rise to the top of the stallion ranks,” said Barbara Banke of Stonestreet Farm, which owns the other 80 percent in Curlin. “We will continue to support him with our stellar broodmare band, a great diverse group of mares that compliment his versatility. Our goal is to breed Classic winners by Curlin and enhance his legacy as a great sire.”