Kentucky Derby winner Giacomo and his multiple Grade 1-winning half-brother Tiago are returning to the Adena Springs stallion barn in Paris, Kentucky for the 2013 breeding season.
“Giacomo is Holy Bull’s leading money-earner at stud. Tiago beat Hard Spun and Curlin and he earned over $2.3 million. His sire-line produces nothing but runners,” said Frank Stronach, owner of Adena Springs. “Giacomo and Tiago were both very tough and very sound Classic runners, and are outcross stallions, which is what we need more of in Kentucky”.
Giacomo began his stud career at Adena’s Kentucky division in 2007 and stood there through the 2011 season. He spent 2012 at Magali Farms in California, where he currently ranks as the #1 Third Crop Sire and #4 General Sire.
Tiago stood his first season at Adena Springs Kentucky in 2010 and the subsequent year at McMahon of Saratoga Thoroughbreds, in upstate New York. He did not breed in 2012 while recovering from exploratory colic surgery.
“We’re happy to have the boys back home and we’re really appreciative of our partnerships with Magali and with the McMahons,’ said Eric Hamelback, General Manager at Adena Springs. “Their teams did a wonderful job with the stallions”.
Out of the magnificent Stop the Music mare, Set Them Free, both Giacomo and Tiago were prominent three-year-olds and Graded Stakes-winning older runners when racing for Jerry and Ann Moss.
Giacomo showed Grade 1 form as a juvenile and was rated 122 pounds on the 2004 Experimental Free Handicap. At three, he unleashed a memorable stretch rally to run down Champion Afleet Alex and win the roses. A scintillating score in the San Diego H. (G2) at Del Mar is on the highlight reel for Giacomo’s four-year-old season. The attractive grey is the sire of 11% stakes horses from his first two crops and already has a stakes-winning juvenile from his third crop. He is the sire of Disposablepleasure, who overcame a brutal trip to score in the 2011 Demoiselle S. (G2) and was a close second in this summer’s Mother Goose S (G1). She is one of Giacomo’s two Grade 1 performers in 2012.
Tiago earned a berth in the Classics with a win the Santa Anita Derby (G1). He defeated Hard Spun when third in the Belmont S. (G1) and added victories in the Swaps S. (G2) and Goodwood S. (G1) over older horses. His four-year-old campaign included a win in the historic Oaklawn H. (G2) and a third in the Breeders’ Cup Classic (G1) where he out-gamed two-time Horse of the Year Curlin. His first crop will be two-year-olds of 2013.
For further information, please contact Eric Hamelback or Cormac Breathnach at Adena Springs, Kentucky, at (859) 987-1798.