Surgery for leading Korean stallion Menifee
MENIFEE, last year's second leading stallion in Korea, is likely to miss part of the breeding season after undergoing surgery on Thursday to remove stones from his urinary tract.
According to the Korean Racing Journal, the Korea Racing Authority flew in two veterinarians from the US to assist with the operation at the KRA Stud Farm on Jeju Island.
The 16-year-old stallion is pencilled in to begin covering mares in late April should he continue to make a good recovery.
Purchased by the KRA in 2006, Menifee is the sire of last year's leading Korean filly Useung Touch, whose victory in the Korean Oaks helped her sire secure second position behind Exploit on the 2011 leading Korean sires' list. Menifee was one of Korea's busiest stallions in 2011, covering 94 mares which was only second to the 99 covered by former Coolmore resident One Cool Cat.
The son of Harlan was a top-class performer in the US, winning the 1999 Grade 1 Blue Grass Stakes and Grade 1 Haskell Invitational as well as running second in the Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes.
Menifee initially stood at Stone Farm in Kentucky, during which time he sired Grade 1 Princess Rooney Handicap heroine Game Face. He was purchased to stand inKorea for a reported $3,000,000.