January 20, 2014

Over the span of 22 crops, the great racehorse and sire Theatrical (Ire) made a huge impact on American breeding. He sired 80 stakes winners, 134 black-type horses, and a spectacular 21 Grade/Group 1 winners. Millionaires like Hishi Amazon, Royal Anthem, Astra and Winchester displayed the same traits as their sire. They were feisty, strong-willed horses who could run a route of ground and who were always up for a battle.

Those were also the traits SHAKESPEARE had. One of Theatrical’s most talented runners, SHAKESPEARE won seven of eight, including the G1 Woodbine Mile and G1 Joe Hirsch Turf Classic Inv. S., and still holds Belmont’s inner turf course record at nine furlongs—1:45.06.

And those are the traits now shared by SHAKESPEARE’s young runners. From limited numbers, SHAKESPEARE is the sire of the New York graded-winning juvenile Shkspeare Shaliyah, the Arlington graded performer Gefest and the stakes-placed juvenile Tubal. At the end of the 2013 season, SHAKESPEARE was the #5 third-crop Kentucky sire by turf earnings.

SHAKESPEARE’s runners include the California standout Et Tu Walker, a hickory-tough winner of six of 13 starts in 2013 for the Doug O’Neill barn. His victories including optional claiming scores going six panels at Hollywood Park in 1:08 1/5 and over five furlongs at Del Mar in :55 3/5.

The Dell Ridge homebred Poetic Kid—who like the aforementioned Gefest was produced by a daughter of LEMON DROP KID and is thus inbred to the great Nureyev—completed her 2013 with four straight wins, the last two by a combined 10 1/4 lengths over Churchill allowance company.

SHAKESPEARE had a number of notable performers in New York, too. The filly Kiss Me Lola lived up to favoritism when taking an $85,000 maiden special in a blistering 1:01 4/5 for the 5 1/2 furlongs at Saratoga. Hamnet, a 3yo colt, beat his elders when winning an $82,000 allowance at Belmont in late October. A few weeks later, Life’s a Stage, a 3yo filly, broke her maiden in an Aqueduct maiden special by 3 3/4 lengths.

Up at Woodbine, the 3yo Best Bard stamped himself as one to watch with a front-running score in a $67,000 maiden special in mid October. In December, SHAKESPEARE’s 2yo gelding Go Go Romeo did the same with a near last-to-first win in a one-mile Tampa Bay maiden special.

With so much smoke, SHAKESPEARE seems likely to catch fire in 2014, and puts his modest $5,000 fee as a smart play for the upcoming breeding season. Call us today to discuss your breeding options!

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