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Eskendereya Joins TrueNicks

photo by David Alcosser, courtesy Taylor Made

TrueNicks welcomes grade I winner and three-year-old standout Eskendereya (TrueNicks). The son of leading sire Giant's Causeway will stand the 2011 breeding season at Taylor Made Stallions in Nicholasville, Ky., in partnership with Stonestreet Farm.

Eskendereya became an early Kentucky Derby favorite with back-to-back dominant wins, taking the Fasig-Tipton Fountain of Youth (gr. II) by 8 ½ lengths, and the Wood Memorial (gr. I) by nearly 10.

Eskendereya's sire Giant's Causeway is emerging as a promising sire of sires, with sons Shamardal, Footstepsinthesand, and First Samurai all having sired graded winners in their initial crops.

Out of the gr. I-producing Seattle Slew mare Aldebaran Light, Eskendereya is a half brother to Middle Park Stakes (gr. I) winner Balmont, a talented sprinter who also placed third in the Golden Jubilee (gr. I) and July Cup (gr. I). In tail female, Eskendereya traces to Almahmoud, ancestress of influential sires Northern Dancer, Halo, Danehill, and Machiavellian. Eskendereya carries four crosses of Almahmoud, being line bred 6 x 7 x 6 x 6 to that mare.

Eskendereya is the Egyptian Arabic word for the Egyptian city of Alexandria, the Mediterranean seaport founded by Alexander the Great. The name can also be rendered as Eskendereyya, Iskandariyya, or Al-Iskandarîyahclick to hear the Arabic pronunciation.

Eskendereya's fee will be announced at a later date.

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