Flower Alley to stand at Wilgerbosdrift

Flower Alley to stand at Wilgerbosdrift
Flower Alley, sire of 2012 Kentucky Derby winner I’ll Have Another, will stand the 2015 season at Mary Slack’s Wilgerbosdrift Stud.

The son of Distorted Humor is the first sire to have produced a Kentucky Derby winner ever to stand at stud in South Africa, and is a real coup for the country.

Flower Alley was an outstanding racehorse who won over $2.5 million in prize money . His victories included the Gr1 Travers Stakes, Gr2 Jim Dandy Stakes, and Gr2 Lane’s End Stakes . He also ran second to Horse Of The Year Saint Liam in the 2005 Gr1 Breeders Cup Classic.

One of the best horses of his generation, Flower Alley defeated numerous top-class performers during his racing career including the Gr1 winners Bellamy Road (Wood Memorial), Borrego (Jockey Club Gold Cup), Roman Ruler (Haskell Invitational), and Starcraft (QE II Stakes).

Retired to Three Chimneys Farm in Kentucky, Flower Alley has more than left his mark at stud.
His 14 stakes winners to date include US Champion 3YO Colt I’ll Have Another, who is now standing at stud in Japan. I’ll Have Another was a superb racehorse, who won five of his seven outings, and scored memorable victories in the Gr1 Kentucky Derby, Gr1 Preakness Stakes, and Gr1 Santa Anita Derby.

The chestnut retired to stud having won over $2.6 million and currently stands for a stud fee of 3,200,000 yen.

Other top-class stakes winners sired by Flower Alley include Lilacs and Lace (Gr1 Ashland Stakes), Bouquet Booth (Gr3 Delta Downs Princess Stakes) and Karibu Gardens (winner of the recent Gr2 Sky Classic Stakes).
In 2014 alone, Flower Alley has been represented by 12 stakes horses.

Flower Alley’s success comes as no surprise as he is a truly blue blooded stallion. He is one of 16 Grade 1 winners for Champion US sire of 2011, Distorted Humor. The latter’s other top horses include Kentucky Derby winner and champion Funny Cide, Breeders Cup Classic winner Drosselmeyer, Gr1 turf star Boisterous, and Highlands Farm’s exciting champion Pathfork, to name but a few. Sire of over 100 stakes winners to date, Distorted Humor is a son of former champion 2yo Forty Niner –also sire of former successful SA sire Rich Man’s Gold (sire of champion Kildonan and broodmare sire of SASCOC Triple Crown winner Louis The King).

Wilgerbosdrift’s newest recruit is out of the Lycius mare Princess Olivia, and is a half-brother to Japanese Gr1 winner Tosen Ra (winner of the Mile Championship and over 429,000,000 yen in prize money). Remarkably, Princess Olivia’s runners have earned over $9.5 million in prize money – ensuring her status as true blue hen.

Flower Alley traces back to the important tap-root mare Goofed, winner of the prestigious Ladies Handicap, and dam of one of history’s greatest sires – Lyphard.

For more information regarding the handful of shares on offer, interested parties are asked to contact Jehan Malherbe at jehan@aro.co.za

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