OCALA, FL—Ocala Stud has set 2024 stud fees for its roster of nine stallions for the upcoming breeding season, led by Grade 1 Santa Anita Derby—winner Roadster who will stand his second season at stud for $7,500 S&N. Colonel Liam, a three-time Grade 1-winning millionaire, will also stand his second season for a fee of $6,500 S&N. Seeking the Soul and Win Win Win were each represented by first yearlings in 2023 and will once again stand for $5,000 S&N.
Roadster, a son of perennial leading sire Quality Road, proved an impressive winner of the $1 million Santa Anita Derby in 2019. In a determined win, he defeated stablemate Game Winner—the previous year’s Eclipse Award-winning 2-year-old male champion—with a sustained stretch rally after circling his rivals three-wide on the far turn.
In addition to his signature victory, Roadster finished second to Omaha Beach in the Grade 1 Malibu Stakes, second in the Grade 2 San Carlos Stakes and was runner-up to Grade 1-winner Mucho Gusto in the Grade 3 Affirmed Stakes. Roadster is out of the stakes-winning and stakes-producing Silver Ghost mare Ghost Dancing and is a half-brother to Grade 1 winner and Keeneland track-record setter Ascend. Roadster was sold by his breeder—Arthur Hancock III’s Stone Farm—at the Keeneland September Sale for $525,000.
Colonel Liam is a back-to-back winner of the $1 million Pegasus Turf Invitational Stakes (G1) at Gulfstream Park. He also won the $1 million Turf Classic Stakes (G1) at Churchill Downs, recording a 102 Beyer Speed Figure. Colonel Liam was a $1.2 million graduate of the OBS Spring Sale, where he was purchased by Jacob West on behalf of Robert and Lawana Low after breezing a quarter in an eye-catching :20.80.
A son of Grade 1 Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile—winner Liam’s Map, a half-brother to leading sire Not This Time, Colonel Liam is produced from the Bernardini mare Amazement and hails from the family of multiple Grade 1-winner Wonder Again, his second dam. All told, Colonel Liam amassed earnings of more than $1.8 million in a sensational racing career.
Win Win Win has been represented this year with in-demand first yearlings commanding up to $250,000 at Keeneland September and $150,000 at the Fasig-Tipton July Sale. During his racing career, Win Win Win captured the Grade 1 Forego Stakes at Saratoga in 2020, defeating four Grade 1 winners. He set a new track record as a 3-year-old, winning the seven-furlong Pasco Stakes at Tampa Bay Downs in 1:20.89, running a 2 on the Ragozin Sheets. Win Win Win hails from a deep Live Oak family and is a descendant of the influential Halo sire line. He stands as the property of a partnership between Live Oak Stud, Airdrie Stud and Ocala Stud.
Seeking the Soul, a Charles Fipke homebred, enjoyed an illustrious racing career. He won the 2017 Clark Handicap (G1), the 2018 Ack Ack Stakes (G3) and the 2019 Stephen Foster Stakes (G2). He won or placed in eight graded stakes, including runner-up finishes in the $1 million Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile (G1) and the $9 million Pegasus World Cup Invitational Stakes (G1), banking more than $3.4 million. Seeking the Soul is represented by first yearlings this year.
Awesome Slew, the leading Freshman Sire in Florida in 2022, is the No. 2-ranked Second-Crop Sire in the Sunshine State this year with progeny earnings of $1,021,161. His overall leading earner is multiple stakes winner Awesome Strong with earnings of $473,200, followed by multiple stakes-placed Awesome Pic who has banked $153,985. Awesome Slew has been represented in the auction ring this year with 2-year-olds up to $700,000, $150,000, $130,000, etc.
The complete roster with fees for Ocala Stud is as follows:
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