Alex Kemper (Tucks St. Aly)describes our trip to Ashford.
After lunch, we made our way over to the most stunning farm in the area, Ashford Stud. Not only did we see the incredible stone barns that Ashford is known for (with ceilings made of beautiful hard wood and massive doors that would look about right on a castle), we saw what really makes the farm what it is, its phenomenal and world class stallions.
We were able to pet and get photographs with Derby winner Fusaichi Pegasus, and saw Johannesberg, Tale of the Cat, Henrythenavigator, Lion Heart, Van Nistelrooy, Scat Daddy, Grand Slam, and (one of our favorites because he was such a teddy bear and almost fell asleep by us) yet another Derby winner, Thunder Gulch. Above all, the Bits & Bytes Farm group was elated and amazed that they were able to pet and even kiss the legendary top stallion and winner of millions, Giant’s Causeway. If we had not wanted to see the last day of races at Keeneland racetrack, I think most of our group would have been happy to stay browsing and taking it all in at this beautiful farm.
One of the fastest & easiest Gr.1 Kentucky Derby winners ever. 66 Stakes horses from his first 5 Northern hemisphere crops including Gr.1 Blue Grass Stakes winner BANDINI, Gr.1 Haskell Invitational H’cap winner ROMAN RULER, Gr.1 Belmont Stakes runner-up ANDROMEDA’S HERO and the Gr.1 placed juveniles SECRET CODE and SUPERFLY. Also sire of Gr.1 Queen Anne Stakes winner Haradasun in 2008 along with 17 individual juvenile winners. Yearlings in 2008 made up to $410,000.
The best son of Storm Cat and the best young sire in the world. Champion freshman sire in Europe in 2004, Champion 2-y-o sire in U.S.A. in 2005. Giant’s Causeway has already sired champion 2-y-o’s, Classic winning 3-y-o’s, record breaking older horses, and exceptional colts and fillies on both dirt and turf. He is the sire of 14 Gr.1 winners and 7 Gr.2 winners and is a leading sire in USA. His yearlings in 2008 sold for $1,250,000, $1,200,000, $1,150,000, $1,000,000 etc.
Champion sire of Classic winners, Breeders’ Cup winners, Gr.1 winning 2-y-o’s, Gr.1 winning colts, Gr.1 winning fillies, Gr.1 winning older horses etc. These include BALANCE (triple Gr.1 winner), CIRCULAR QUAY (Saratoga Hopeful S. Gr.1), POINT GIVEN (7 time Gr.1 winner), SPAIN (Gr.1 winning millionaire), BETTER NOW (1st Tempted Stakes-Gr.3), SEDUCTIVELY (two time Gr.3 winner). His yearlings in 2008 made up to $230,000.