Americain’s first mares have been tested in foal at Calumet Farm.
Swettenham Stud’s Melbourne Cup winner is covering his initial northern hemisphere book in Kentucky and his first PPT was from G2 winning mare Raw Gold.
Raw Gold (Rahy – Golden Thatch by Slew o’Gold) won the G2 Landaluce Stakes and LR Althea Stakes at Hollywood Park as a two year-old. She also claimed the G3 Santa Ynez Stakes, LR Santa Paula Stakes and LR Linda Card Stakes as a three and four year-old at Santa Anita.
“Americain already has 75 mares and, like Raw Gold, there’s lots of stakes winners and dams of stakes winners among them,” Calumet manager Eddie Kane said. “There are more bookings coming in every week. Breeders see him in the flesh at the Farm and then send a mare – he’s a real good-looking rooster.
“He’s a son of Dynaformer who was an icon in Kentucky before his death last year. Americain was one of his best sons and Australian racing is held in high esteem here in the United States.”
Americain is proving just as popular for his first southern book at Swettenham Stud.
“It’s been overwhelming,” Swettenham owner Adam Sangster said. “We had already accepted a significant number of mares and then we received another 41 bookings during the Melbourne Premier Sale. His Lifetime Breeding Rights are also fully subscribed.”
Americain (USA) arrives at Swettenham on August 21 and Sangster predicts he will be booked out at a $12,500 (+ gst) service fee well before then. “He’s a great stallion prospect,” Sangster declared. “He was a two year-old winner at Chantilly and his 150th Melbourne Cup was one of strongest international fields in history.
“He’s by champion sire Dynaformer and was a superior stayer with a sensational turn of foot. And everyone knows he’s a magnificent looking individual. As a matter of fact, Dermot Farrington said he was the best looking stallion among all the shuttle sires in quarantine before they flew out of Australia in December.”
Americain was raced by Melbourne based owners Kevin and Colleen Bamford along with Gerry Ryan and they will also be sending their best mares to him. At $12,500, he has been priced at a fee that allows breeders to live the dream of racing a Melbourne Cup winner of their own.
For further information and bookings to Americain, contact Adam Sangster (0418 543 633) or business manager Chris Belli (0417 514 552).
– Karl Patterson