Darby Dan Stallions Join TrueNicks
Written by Ian Tapp | Sep 14, 2011 |
TrueNicks is pleased to welcome the stallions of Darby Dan Farm. From its beginnings as Colonel E. R. Bradley’s Idle Hour a century ago, John Galbreath developed Darby Dan into one of the most successful Kentucky breeding operations. The historic pillars of Darby Dan include the imported Ribot, homebred Roberto, and a distinguished band of broodmares. Today, Galbreath’s grandson, John Phillips, continues the tradition at the now-commercial stud farm.
Sun King (TrueNicks,SRO) is the best son of Charismatic, the 1999 winner of the Kentucky Derby (gr. I), Preakness (gr. I), and Horse of the Year. A classy and durable racehorse, Sun King won or placed in 14 graded events, including the Champagne, Breeders’ Cup Juvenile, Haskell, Jockey Club Gold Cup, Met Mile, Whitney, and Woodward (all gr. I). His first foals are 2-year-olds of 2011, and he is already represented by five winners, including Arlington maiden special weight winner Guava Girl and stakes-placed Sun Country.
Run Away and Hide (TrueNicks,SRO) was an impressive juvenile, going 3-for-3 before injury cut short his racing career. The son of City Zip won the Kentucky Stakes (gr. III) at 5 furlongs and Saratoga Special (gr. II) at 6 ½. His first foals are yearlings of 2011, and his sales horses already include a $35,000 filly at Fasig-Tipton July.
Grade II winner Magna Graduate (TrueNicks,SRO) also has first crop yearlings, and sired a $40,000 colt that was purchased by Ken McPeek at Fasig-Tipton July. Magna Graduate is by Honor Grades (Danzig half brother to A.P. Indy and Summer Squall) and won eight stakes races, including the Clark Handicap (gr. II). Magna Graduated won or placed in stakes from age 2 to 6, and his 16 wins or places in graded events include the Dubai World Cup and Stephen Foster (gr. I).
Darby Dan also stands the exciting shuttle stallion All American (AUS) (TrueNicks,SRO), a group I-winning son of Red Ransom from the family of Rock Hard Ten and Kentucky Derby winner Gato Del Sol. He is a half brother to group II winner More Strawberries. All American stood his first season in Kentucky in 2011.