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Dixieland Band retired from stud duties

LANE'S END FARM in Kentucky has retired Dixieland Band from stud duties. The 28-year-old son of Northern Dancer was one of the original three stallions to enter the stud.

Bred and raced by Lane's End owner William Farish's father-in-lawBayard Sharp, Dixieland Band is out of the Grade 1-winning Delta Judge mare Mississippi Mud.

He won two Grade 2 races, the Pennsylvania Derby and the Massachusetts Handicap, before retiring from racing in 1985.

At stud he has sired 115 stakes winners, 44 of them Graded stakes winners, from 21 crops of racing age to date.

His best progeny included dual Ascot Gold Cup winner Drum Taps, Prix de Diane heroine and Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe runner-up Egyptband, and Dixie Union, who has also carved out a successful stud career at Lane's End, siring the likes of Grasshopper and Sander Camillo.

This year Dixieland band was represented by Grade 1 Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup winnerAlwajeeha.

He has also marked himself as a highly successful broodmare sire, with his daughters producing 120 stakes winners including a pair of Kentucky Derby winners: Monarchos and Street Sense.

Lane's End reported that Dixieland Band "remains in good overall health with remarkable fertility," but that "arthritis prompted his retirement." He will remain at the stud.

The news follows the retirement from stud duties of two other sons of Northern Dancer, Sadler's Wells and Night Shift, earlier this year. Consequently there will be very few remaining sons of the great stallion active at stud in 2009.

 

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