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Louisiana welcomes  Closing Argument

CLOSING Argument, who ran second to Giacomo in the 2005 Kentucky Derby, will be available to Louisiana breeders this season after a majority interest in the young sire was acquired by Whispering Oaks Farm.

The ten-year-old son of Successful Appeal will stand at Whispering Oaks Farm in Louisiana for $5,000 with special consideration to stakes-winning or stakes-producing mares. He previously stood at Millennium Farm in Kentucky.

Closing Argument, who ended 2011 as the ninth leading third-crop sire in America, is the sire of five stakes winners as well as this season's Grade 1-placed juvenile Putthebabiesdown. His move sees him ranked the leading sire in Louisiana.

In other stallion movements, Grade 2 winner Strong Hope has been transferred to the Midwest Equine and Veterinary Hospital in Indiana, where he will stand for $2,500.

Owned by a syndicate headed by Eugene N. Melnyk's Winding Oaks Farm, Strong Hope spent five seasons at Claiborne Farm in Kentucky before moving to Winding Oaks Farm in Florida for the 2010 season.

The son of Grand Slam is the sire of three stakes winners from four crops of racing age.




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