Airdrie Stud's 15 Stallions Join TrueNicks

TrueNicks is proud to welcome the 15 stallions that comprise the roster at Airdrie Stud in Kentucky.

Airdrie has built a reputation of taking on moderately-priced stallions and "making" them. Case-in-point number one is Indian Charlie (TrueNicks,SRO), a son of the California-based In Excess (IRE) and winner of the Santa Anita Derby (gr. I).  He stood his initial season for $15,000 and will stand for $75,000 in 2009, a well-deserved raise after two consecutive seasons with an Eclipse champion -- 2006 champion older mare Fleet Indian and 2007 champion 2-year-old filly Indian Blessing. The latter is still carrying the mantle for her sire this season with two more grade I wins in 2008, and could well be champion again in the distaff sprint division. Among Indian Charlie's 10 other 2008 stakes winners are Super Derby (gr. II) hero My Pal Charlie and Mr. Nightliner, arguably the best turf sprinter in North America.

Proud Citizen (TrueNicks,SRO), North America's leading second-crop sire in 2008, is case-in-point number two. His 2008 fee of $25,000 is double his initial service fee, and comes after his siring of an important runner in his first crop, Kentucky Oaks and Alabama Stakes (both gr. I) winner Proud Spell. The son of Gone West (TrueNicks,SRO) has also had success in Europe as the sire of group III-winning juvenile River Proud, who is also a stakes winner and classic-placed this year at 3.

Ranked third on the second-crop charts behind Proud Citizen is another Airdrie-made stallion, Harlan's Holiday (TrueNicks,SRO). He is already the sire of seven stakes winners from his first crop including three graded winners. Chief among those is grade I winner Into Mischief and Southwest Stakes (gr. III) winner Denis of Cork, who also placed in the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands and Belmont Stakes (both gr. I).

Airdie is home to yet another leading second-crop stallion in Yankee Gentleman (TrueNicks,SRO). The wickedly-fast son of Storm Cat is the sire of California Derby winner Yankee Bravo and nine other first-crop stakes runners.

The Broad Brush stallion Include (TrueNicks,SRO) ranked as the #3 second-crop sire in 2007 after ranking #6 on the first-crop charts in 2006. He is the sire of a pair of grade I winners from that first crop: Panty Raid, a grade I winner on turf and Polytrack (and a graded winner on dirt), and Oak Leaf Stakes (gr. I) winner Cash Included.

First-crop stallion Friends Lake (TrueNicks,SRO), a grade I-winning son of A.P. Indy (TrueNicks,SRO) , has made some noise with his first crop in 2008. He is the sire of Screen Your Friend, winner of the grade III Bashford Manor Stakes in impressive fashion in early July. The Gone West stallion Canadian Frontier (TrueNicks,SRO) has also sired some good-looking runners among his early first-crop winners.

Airdrie is also home to the veteran Seattle Slew son Slew City Slew (TrueNicks,SRO), best known as the sire of multiple grade I winner and multimillionaire Lava Man, and to host of other stallions who may well be making headlines in the seasons to come.

The versatile multiple graded stakes winner Badge of Silver (TrueNicks,SRO has been extremely well received in his first two years at stud, covering 153 mares in 2007 and 144 in 2008. He's a son of Silver Deputy, sire of 2007 leading first-crop sire Posse (TrueNicks,SRO) . Stevie Wonderboy (TrueNicks,SRO), by the A. P. Indy stallion Stephen Got Even (TrueNicks,SRO) , sang home in the 2005 Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I). Back in fourth that day was Brother Derek (TrueNicks,SRO), who will stand his first season at Airdrie in 2009. He went on to win both the Hollywood Futurity and the Santa Anita Derby (both gr. I) a feat accomplished by only three other runners, including two-time leading sire A. P. Indy. 

Metropolitan H. (gr. I) winner Divine Park (TrueNicks,SRO) is also new to Airdrie for 2009. He'll be the first son of the late Chester House, the sire of 17 stakes winners in 2008,  to stud in Kentucky. The Gone West son Istan (TrueNicks,SRO) was a late addition to the Airdrie roster for the 2008 season. He was stakes-placed in Europe and was a five-time stakes winner in the U. S., including graded scores in the Ack Ack H. and the Turfway Park Fall Championship (both gr. III).

Flashy Bull (TrueNicks,SRO) is a grade I winner by Holy Bull (TrueNicks,SRO) , sire of the emerging sire Macho Uno (TrueNicks,SRO) . Forestry (TrueNicks,SRO) 's son Forest Grove (TrueNicks,SRO), a half-brother to grade I winner Tout Charmant, was a stakes winner on turf and graded stakes-winning sprinter on dirt. His first foals arrived earlier this year.

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