Upon his return to the United States after his third consecutive year of shuttling to Brazil, Eclipse Champion Sprinter BENNY THE BULL will take up residence for the 2015 breeding season at John and Leslie Malone’s Bridlewood Farm, in Ocala, Florida, according to an announcement made by owner Greg James. His fee has not yet been determined.
BENNY THE BULL earned the Eclipse Award as Champion Sprinter for 2008 when he went undefeated while winning the prestigious Dubai Golden Shaheen (G1), the True North H. (G2), the Smile Sprint H. (G2), and the Sunshine Millions Sprint S. In 2007, BENNY THE BULL won the Frank J. De Francis Memorial Dash S. (G1) and finished second in the Forego S. (G1). Bred in Florida by Tomoka Farms, Inc., he retired with a record of 9-3-2 from 20 starts and earnings of $2,353,430.
“We are pleased to offer Benny the Bull to Florida breeders and to have him join our stallion roster for 2015. He was a Champion, and is siring a high percentage of quality winners. I think he presents a real opportunity and value to the savvy, informed breeder,” stated George Isaacs, General Manager of Bridlewood Farm.
From his first crop, 3-year-olds of 2014, BENNY THE BULL has sired 20 winners along with six placed horses from just 32 starters, ranking him third among leading second crop sires in Florida by lifetime winners. They include Joe Pike, a Grade 1 stakes winner in Puerto Rico who has 10 wins and two seconds from 12 starts, as well as Bull Account, also a Grade 1 stakes horse in Puerto Rico. He has had winners at major tracks around this country, including Keeneland, Gulfstream, Belmont, Calder, Golden Gate, and Louisiana Downs. In 2013, when his first crop were just 2-year-olds, BENNY THE BULL was ranked among the top Florida freshman sires with six winners, all of whom won maiden special weights in their first starts.
Due back in Florida sometime before the end of December, BENNY THE BULL is an 11-year-old horse by Lucky Lionel – Comet Cat, by Birdonthewire.