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AmericanLion (James Graham up), works at Keeneland 4.14.2010

American Lion: Grade 3 winner will stand for $5,000

  PICTURE: Matt Wooley/EquiSport photos 

Darby Dan stands Grade 3 winner American Lion

GRADE 3 winner American Lion has been retired to stud at John Phillips' Darby Dan Farm in Kentucky, where the son of Tiznow will stand 2012 at a fee of $5,000, stands and nurses.

"I have followed American Lion's career, and have always been keen to stand him at stud," said Robert Hammond, Darby Dan's general manager.

"He's the best looking son of Tiznow I've ever seen. He's a big, handsome, strapping physical who was very precocious on the track and showed tremendous speed. I am looking at Tiznow to be the next great sire of sires."

After breaking his maiden by nearly seven lengths at Keeneland as a two-year-old, American Lion captured the Grade 3 Hollywood Prevue Stakes before returning the following year to take the Grade 3 Illinois Derby on dirt. He retires with earnings of$417,800.

Owner Bill Casner added: "I've had a lot of luck with sons of Tiznow, including Well Armed and Colonel John, and I'm excited to come to Darby Dan Farm with American Lion, who I think was as talented as they come.

"If you come and look at American Lion, you will want to breed to him. He demonstrates the best of Tiznow's strengths, and I look forward to supporting him with my own mares."

American Lion is out of the Storm Cat mare Storm Tide, a daughter of Grade 1 winner City Band.

Lifetime breeding rights are available for purchase in American Lion.




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