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Empire Stud halves Midas Eyes fee

EMPIRE Stud has slashed the advertised fee for Grade 1 winner Midas Eyes by 50 per cent, from $6,000 to $3,000. The fee for breeders who are returning to the stallion, or those booking more than one mare to him, will be even cheaper – at $2,000.

Furthermore, the Midas Eyes Syndicate will offer for the 2009 breeding season one-time complimentary no-guarantee seasons to approved mares foaling in approved state-bred programmes. The Midas Eyes Syndicate will be named co-breeder and will receive 50 per cent of all breeders' awards earned by the resultant foal.

A son of Touch Gold and a half-brother to Grade 3 winner Bayou's Lassie, Midas Eyes won five of his 14 career starts, including the Forego Handicap at Santa Anita.

The property of Mill Ridge Farm, he stood at his owners' stud in Kentucky from his retirement in 2006 until 2008, when he was transferred to stand at Empire Stud. His first-crop of runners are two-year-olds this year.

Last year his fee was advertised at $7,500.

"Midas Eyes has always been about speed and class," Empire Stud president Jamie LaMonica said. "He was a sprinter-miler at the highest level and his half-brother recently topped the Fasig-Tipton Calder sale at $1.6million.

"If his first crop run to their looks this year, breeders will be smart to take advantage of this special opportunity."






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