Stud fees for two-time Horse of the Year Curlin remain unchanged at $175,000 as Hill ‘n’ Dale Farm in Xalapa, Kentucky, released its 2022 stallion roster and fees on Wednesday.

Gun Runner-2022 fees
It will cost 2 1/2 times more — $125,000 — in 2022 to breed a mare or filly to 2017 Horse of the Year Gun Runner. He opened with a promising stallion career, based on five stakes wins among his juvenile progeny. (Image: Three Chimney Farm)

Hill ‘n’ Dale was one of several breeding farms unveiling its roster and breeding fees. Among other farms announcing their 2022 stallion lineups and fees was Three Chimneys Farm, the home of standout first-year sire Gun Runner. The 2017 Horse of the Year enjoyed a banner first year in the breeding shed, siring five black-type stakes winners in 2021.

Those progeny included two-time Grade 1-winning 2-year-old filly Echo Zulu, who won the Spinaway and Frizette stakes. They also included Grade 1 Hopeful winner Gunite. Gun Runner is the leading sire of 2-year-olds and the top North American sire for his freshman class. As a result, Gun Runner’s fees more than doubled, from $50,000 in 2021 to $125,000 in 2022.

As for Curlin, one of the 21st century’s leading sires currently sits third on the 2021 earnings-by-progeny list at $12,752,291. He trails only Into Mischief and Ghostzapper in that category. Curlin produced the most Grade 1 winners this year (five) and sits second in black-type stakes progeny entries (37).

Kentucky Oaks winner Malathaat is Curlin’s leading 2021 earner, banking more than $1.3 million on the track.

Even studly stallion sons produce promising offspring

And Curlin’s progeny are producing in the breeding shed as well. Good Magic, the Champion 2-Year-Old of 2017 and the 2018 Kentucky Derby runner-up, produced 13 yearlings that sold for at least $250,000. His colt from the Scat Daddy mare Allanah fetched the top price of $775,000 at the Keeneland September Yearling Sale. Good Magic kept his $30,000 fee for 2022.

The other mover on Hill ‘n’ Dale’s 14-stallion roster was Maclean’s Music. His fee doubled to $50,000 after Jackie’s Warrior won three Grade 1s, including the H. Allen Jerkens Memorial at Saratoga on Aug. 28. Seven of Jackie’s Warrior’s eight victories came in graded stakes. Drain the Clock, who denied Jackie’s Warrior a fourth Grade 1 in the Woody Stephens at Belmont Park, is also the son of Maclean’s Music.

The newbie to the Hill ‘n’ Dale stallion roster is a familiar name, Charlatan. He debuts with a $50,000 fee after banking more than $4 million in his career. He won two Grade 1s as a 3-year-old, including a division of the 2020 Arkansas Derby and the Malibu Stakes. Charlatan closed his career finishing second in the Saudi Cup.

“Our newest addition, Charlatan, is hugely popular with breeders and will be supported with our best mares,” Hill ‘n’ Dale president John Sikura said in a statement.”

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