Eskendereya: this season's leading US three-year-old will enter stud next year at Taylor Made Farm in KentuckyPICTURE: Adam Coglianese
Eskendereya to stand at Taylor Made Farm
ESKENDEREYA, the leading fancy for this year's Kentucky Derby before succumbing to injury, will enter stud at Taylor Made Farm in Kentucky next season, owners Jess Jackson of Stonestreet Farm and Ahmed Zayatof Zayat Stables announced on Monday.
Taylor Made Farm was selected by Jackson and Zayat to stand Eskendereya over a group of four other Kentucky-based farms. A fee for the son of Giant's Causeway will be set at a later date.
Purchased by Zayat for $250,000 as a yearling, Eskendereya developed into a leader of his generation under the care of Todd Pletcher, winning four races including the Grade 1 Wood Memorial Stakes by nine-and-three-quarter lengths and the Grade1 Fountain Of Youth Stakes by eight-and-a-half lengths.
Those performances propelled him to favouritism for the Kentucky Derby but an injury suffered just days before the race prevented his participation and ultimately ended his career.
His retirement and sale of majority interest to Jackson by Zayat, who was under financial pressure at the time, was announced the week after the Derby. Zayat has retained a breeding interest.
"Eskendereya was widely considered to be the best of his generation." said Jackson in a statement. "Eskendereya has a royal pedigree and beautiful conformation. His pedigree contains many of the top sires of the past 50 years and is noteworthy for quality, depth and stamina."
Duncan Taylor, president of Taylor Made Stallions, added: "After witnessing Eskendereya's incredible performances in the Wood Memorial and Fountain of Youth, we truly believe he is the most talented racehorseto go to stud in years. He possesses a rare blend of speed, stamina and pedigree that you rarely find in today's thoroughbred.
"In looking at his pedigree, which traces directly back to the female family of Northern Dancer and Halo, you will find numerous breed shaping stallions and foundation mares in virtually every position throughout his pedigree."
By the same stallion as leading young sire Shamardal, Eskendereya is out of the Seattle Slew mare Aldebaran Light and a half-brother to Middle Park Stakes winner Balmont. The son of Stravinsky stands at Tara Stud in Ireland and is represented by his first two-year-olds this year.