The immensely talented miler SHAKESPEARE, the last great son of Theatrical (Ire), got off to a fine start at stud in 2011 and continued that momentum in 2012.

A Top 15 active sophomore sire in North America by both All-Weather Earnings and Turf Earnings, SHAKESPEARE is the sire of horses like Shkspeare Shaliyah, the New York graded winner who recently came flying to get second in November’s $80,000 Montserrat S. at Aqueduct. Bred by Guilherme and Angela Bombonato, Shkspeare Shaliyah is owned by Shivmangal Racing Stable and is trained by Doodnauth Shivmangal.

• Runners by SHAKESPEARE in 2012 included:

• 2yo filly Oh Juliet, a Dell Ridge Farm homebred, who advertised her promise with a good-looking graduation in her second career start at Fair Grounds in December. The Tom Amoss-trained filly was making her turf and route debut and rallied from seventh to win by a length

• 3yo filly Poetic Kid, another Dell Ridge homebred, who has been first or second in 7 of 11 starts at Woodbine and earned over $140,000 for the Kevin Attard barn. Poetic Kid is the first foal from the LEMON DROP KID mare Snow Kid

• 3yo ridgling Et Tu Walker, a late-rallying main-track maiden winner at Betfair Hollywood Park over the summer who recently came back to be second in a pair of efforts on Santa Anita’s dirt track. Bred in Kentucky by Triple Z Stable, the $90,000 KEESEP yearling is trained by Doug O’Neill

• 3yo filly Quantum of Solange, bred by Dell Ridge, has registered at least four victories for the Riccardo Menichetti barn in Europe

Others by SHAKESPEARE to keep an eye out for include:

• Dr. Frank Justice and Meadow Oak Farms homebred Shakespeare’s Brew, another talented Woodbine performer from the Kevin Attard barn who has been first or second in four of six starts

• Olsen and Christina Belle, et al’s Prince Raphael, another maiden special winner–on the main track–at Woodbine

• The recently turned 3yo colt Tubal, third in last summer’s Jamestown S. at Colonial Downs

• The Ned Evans-bred, Quarter Pole Club-owned Just Like Juliet, an allowance winner at Fair Grounds earlier in the year, and who recently finished second in a pair of Churchill Downs main-track sprints in November

Most exciting is the best is yet to come for SHAKESPEARE. In the Nov. 21 edition of The Blood-Horse’s MarketWatch, SHAKESPEARE was shown to have the second-best book of mares in 2012 for stallions standing in the $10,000-$14,999 range by Comparable Index. His 2012 book, numbering 53 mares, has an average CI of 2.03, meaning that the offspring from mares bred to SHAKESPEARE in 2012 earn more than double the national average.

SHAKESPEARE was also the second-ranked sire in his price range by Class Performance Index (CPI), which “identifies mares that excelled as runners,” according to MarketWatch. SHAKESPEARE’s mares had a CPI of 3.34.

Study SHAKESPEARE – he might just write a new chapter for your breeding operation!

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