The list of stallions eligible for the Atlantic Sires Stakes breeding season has the top percentage sire in Canada leading the way.
With 21 horses paid into the program, with late entries still possible, Meridian Farms has high-percentage sire Ameripan Gigolo standing his seventh season on Prince Edward Island. He led the nation last season for two-year-old starters with 81.8 per cent of his foals making races in 2015. Ameripan Gigolo bred 34 mares last season.
Also at Meridian Farms in Milton is Westwardho Hanover, who stands his third season at stud after breeding 94 mares in 2014 and 58 in 2015. Camystic stood the 2012 season on P.E.I. before returning for two years in Alberta, then came back last year to breed 20 mares on the Island. That lone East Coast crop included Maritime champion Jackson K Down along with his accomplished stablemate KD Overdrive.
Standing at Bruce Wood’s Woodmere Farms in Marshfield is newcomer Rollwithitharry, a winner of $646,459 and 19 races while taking a mark of 1:50.1 at The Meadowlands. The eight-year-old Rocknroll Hanover stallion will stand his inaugural season alongside Articulator, who bred 33 mares in 2014 and 26 in 2015. He has already sired champions like Touch Of Lightning, Ramblinglily, Mr Thompson, Jann Down, Woodmere Dancenart and Arties Magic.
Also at Woodmere Farms, Western Paradise will stand on the Island again this season after breeding 66 mares in 2014 and 32 mares in 2015. He has sired Maritime greats like 2009 champions Semjac Legacy and War Dancer, 2008 champion Deep Finesse, and undefeated 2012 three-year-old Malabrigo, to name just a few.
Blaine MacPherson of North Wiltshire will stand carnivore after breeding a book of 12 mares in 2015. From his inaugural crop, he has sired top two-year-old stakes competitor Howmac Fiesty.
Windemere Farms in Hampshire will stand Malicious for his second season at stud after the $800,000 winner bred 22 mares in 2015.
Millionaire pacer Image Of Dawn will stand his third season at Jamie MacKinley’s Double J Farms in Cornwall after registering an impressive 14 foals from just 17 breedings in 2014 and breeding 10 mares in 2015.
Elm Grove Farms in Elmsdale has Stonebridge Terror for his third season at stud after the $800,000 winner bred 22 mares in 2014 and 15 mares in 2015. Standing Alongside him is Varadero Hanover for his second year at stud duty. The son of Somebeachsomewhere bred 26 mares in his first season in 2015.
Shamardal is yet again paid into the Atlantic Sires Stakes program but has yet to record any mares bred.
Ultimate Luck is a newcomer to the program boasting a lifetime best of 1:51.1 at Mohawk Raceway in Ontario. Anyone wishing to breed to the eight-year-old son of Camluck can contact Betty Gregan of Charlottetown.
Standing in Nova Scotia are Celebrity Citation, Force Of Life and Immachulate, who were all present on last year’s stallion roster.
Absent from the program this season is Coastocoast Yankee, who bred just three mares last year at Elm Grove Farms. His top progeny include 2010 Maritime champion Mr Salming, 2013 and 2014 champion Elm Grove Inarush, 2011 champion Honey Do Jigtime, and 2013 champion Settlement Request.
Proven Lover has also yet to have been paid into the Atlantic Sires Stakes this season. The Real Desire stallion is the sire of top 2015 three-year-old pacer Proven Desire, who recently celebrated a win at Flamboro Downs for Charlottetown owner Blair Hansen.
Full Scholarship is absent from the list after breeding three mares in 2014 and three mares in 2015. He has sires Maritime stakes performers like Maritimer, Educated, Professorsdapapers and New School.
Driven To Win has also left the Maritime stallion ranks after breeding eight mares in 2014 and none in 2015. The Gold Cup and Saucer champion and former Charlottetown Driving Park track record holder, for trainer Scott Bell, sired Maritime stakes performers Elm Grove Joanette, Casa Miasa and Miss Oromocto.
Nicholas Oakes' column appears in The Guardian each Friday. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.