MORRISTON, FL—Pleasant Acres Stallions announced today the arrival of Florida-bred Simplification, a son of Not This Time out of the Candy Ride (Arg) mare Simply Confection, who will stand in Florida in 2024 for $6,500.

“We are pleased to bring a talented son of Not This Time into our stallion barn at Pleasant Acres Stallions,” Director of Stallion Services Christine Jones said. “Simplification is a hometown hero for all of us in Florida and we are certain breeders will benefit from breeding to this [FTBOA] champion Horse of the Year, Florida-bred, graded stakes winner.”

Simplificaton broke his maiden by an impressive 16 ¾ lengths as a 2-year-old at Gulfstream Park and won the $150,000 Mucho Macho Man by four lengths in the first start of his 3-year-old campaign. He then finished second to future Breeders’ Cup Classic (Grade 1)-winner White Abarrio in the Grade 3 Holy Bull before winning the Grade 2 Fasig-Tipton Fountain of Youth by three-and-a-half lengths. He was third in the Grade 1 Curlin Florida Derby won by White Abarrio before finishing fourth behind longshot Rich Strike in the Grade 1 Kentucky Derby presented by Woodford Reserve.

Simplification went on to finish third in the Grade 3 West Virginia Derby, Grade 3 Harlan’s Holiday and Grade 2 WinStar Gulfstream Park Mile.

Simplification retired sound with earnings of $873,110 from three wins with one second and five thirds in 16 career starts.

“Simplification’s unique innate talent and competitive mindset made him the Florida champion that I’ve always wanted to train,” trainer Antonio Sano said. “He proved to me speed, stamina, endurance and above all, courage.”

Stakes-placed Simply Confection was second in the $62,788 Rags to Riches at Churchill Downs during her career and in addition to Simplification, has produced two stakes winners from three starters including $50,000 E.L. Gaylord-winner Chi Chi. Simplification’s second dam is the stakes-placed Saint Ballado mare Ballado’s Halo, a full sister to multiple graded stakes-winning champion Ashado, multiple graded stakes-winner Sunriver and graded stakes-winner Saint Stephen. Ballado’s Halo produced graded stakes-winner Inflexibility; graded stakes placed, stakes-winner Halo Again and graded stakes-placed Fundamental.

Simplification joins stallions Bodexpress, Chess Chief, Curlin’s Honor, Doppleganger, Gone Astray, Gunnevera, Leinster, Magic On Tap, Neolithic, No Nay Never and Sweetontheladies on the Pleasant Acres roster for the 2024 breeding season.

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