View Full Version : Birdstone's Stud Fee

Aug. 30, 2009, 09:10 AM
Who is betting it goes up dramatically? ;)

This was written June 8th, so after yesterday's Travers win by Summer Bird, all bets are off on it remaining $10,000!


dr j
Aug. 30, 2009, 03:50 PM
I do believe after the Belmont ML Whitney said she wanted to keep him affordable and it would go to 20K. She is a sportsman in the true sense of the word.

And even with his successes I doubt if he is going to draw the big commercial breeders- his yearlings are still going to be small - not the halter horse/big honkin' yearlings that bring the big bucks at the sales.

He certainly has some serious genetics in his small package! As a pony breeder myself.... LOVE seeing the "little" guys come through. We have been fascinated with bigger is better for too long!!

Aug. 30, 2009, 04:20 PM
She is a sportsman in the true sense of the word.

Indeed! :yes:

Aug. 30, 2009, 10:15 PM
Some eventing types need to grab up some of the non-speedy Birdstone babies. Every time I see Mine that Bird he reminds me of Mark Todd's Charisma.

Aug. 30, 2009, 11:59 PM
Indeed! :yes:

I luv Marylou. :yes: Her husband is also to be commended, as he handles much of the business side of things.

Aug. 31, 2009, 10:28 AM
From the Daily Racing Form - 8-30-09 "Birdstone rewards Whitney's faith" (http://www.drf.com/news/article/106810.html)

"If he does nothing more, we'll be happy," Hendrickson said.

Despite Birdstone's success, Hendrickson said he, Whitney, and Gainesway resisted the temptation to raise his fee midseason, and plans for his 2010 fee are still uncertain.

"We're going to take everything into consideration," Hendrickson said. "The economy is very important, as is his reputation. I would imagine he will go up, but the year's not done yet. We'll decide in October in consultation with Gainesway. But we'll give preference to people who have been supporting him all along."

Hendrickson said he expects they will keep Birdstone's book at "not much more than 100" for the next couple of years.

After Mine That Bird won the Derby, Whitney and Hendrickson paid Birdstone a visit at Gainesway to leave red roses outside his stall door. When Summer Bird won the Belmont, they were in New York but ordered white carnations, which Gainesway staff placed there in Birdstone's honor.

Sep. 8, 2009, 12:53 PM
Nice video.