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Tale Of Ekati: the son of Tale Of The Cat will command a fee of $15,000

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Tale Of Ekati joins Darby Dan stallion roster

DUAL Grade 1 scorer Tale Of Ekati will begin his stud career at Darby Dan Farm in Kentucky next year. The son of Tale Of The Cat will stand at a fee of $15,000.

Darby Dan owner John Phillips said: "Based on the global downturn, we have set a stud fee for Tale of Ekati that allows breeders access to a top class stallion prospect at a fair price.

"We feel this will ensure that he receives the best book of mares possible in his first years at stud."

Owned and bred by Charles Fipke, Tale Of Ekati hails from the family of top-class performers Sky Beauty, Pleasant Home and Pine Island.

He won a 6f maiden by eight lengths on his debut at two, and went on to win the Futurity Stakes and finish fourth in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile later that season.

At three hescored two Grade 1 victories, in the Wood Memorial Stakes, where he turned the tables on Breeders' Cup Juvenile winner War Pass, and in the Cigar Mile, in which he had finished second to Harlem Rocker but the placings were switched due to the first-past-the post causing interference.

This year, at the age of four, the Barclay Tagg-trained colt has finished unplaced in three starts. He was retired in May.

Phillips added: "Tale of Ekati was foaled and raised at Darby Dan, and it is exciting to stand him for Mr Fipke.  He has a beautiful female family and was a solid racehorse.

"Mr Fipke has committed to support Tale of Ekati with some of his exceptional broodmares and we will breed home-team mares to him as well."

Fipke is set to announce a breeder's incentive that will offer complimentary seasons to Tale Of Ekati. The stallion will be available for inspection at the Darby Dan stallion open house which begins on September 22.





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