Aldebaran sold to Japan
GRADE 1-winning sprinter Aldebaran has been sold to stand at the Shizunai Stallion Station in Japan in a deal brokered by Rollin Baugh. The ten-year-old son of Mr Prospector has stood the past five seasons at Darby Dan Farm in Kentucky, latterly for a fee of $30,000.
Aldebaran's first crop of three-year-olds contains two stakes winners in Arcadia's Angle, successful inthe Group 3 Prix Paul de Moussac, and Japanese Listed winner Danon Go Go. He is also the sire of Grace Anatomy, who ran third in the Grade 1 Alcibiades Stakes last season.
Aldebaran spent his early racing years under the care of Henry Cecil, for whom he ran second by a neck to Mozart in the Jersey Stakes. Switched to the US by the Niarchos Family, the colt went on to capture three Grade 1 races en route to being crowned the champion sprinter of 2003.
Tracing to the outstanding broodmare Best In Show, Aldebaran is out of the British and French champion Chimes Of Freedom, winner of the 1990 Coronation Stakes.