Leofric to Relocate to Darby Dan Farm for 2022
Leofric, a grade 1-winning son of perennial leading sire and sire of sires Candy Ride (ARG), is being relocated from Rockridge Stud in New York to Darby Dan Farm near Lexington for the upcoming breeding season, Darby Dan Farm announced Nov. 21. His 2022 fee has been set at $7,500, stands and nurses. Bred in Kentucky by Peter E. Blum Thoroughbreds, Leofric was purchased for $330,000 by Woodford Racing from Dromoland Farm's consignment at the 2014 Keeneland September Yearling Sale. He went through the ring again as a 3-year-old at the 2016 Keneeland November Breeding Stock Sale after a third and two fourth-place finishes in his first three starts. Scooped up for $100,000 by BSW Bloodstock/Liz Crow from Lane's End's consignment, Leofric was then campaigned by Steve Landers and trained by Brad Cox. The handsome gray broke his maiden as a 4-year-old at Oaklawn Park and added two allowance victories to his CV that year before shining on the track. Leofric won five of seven starts during his 5-year-old campaign, punctuated by scores in the Clark Handicap Presented by Norton Healthcare (G1), Hagyard Fayette Stakes (G2), and West Virginia Governor's Stakes (G3). Leofric bankrolled $951,040 in an exceptional racing career. All told, he won eight of 14 career starts and placed in four others, including a third-place effort in the Woodward Stakes Presented by NYRA Bets (G1) at Saratoga Race Course. Retired to stud in 2020, Leofric has been represented this year by his well-received first foals. "There's a lot to like about Leofric. He has a stallion's pedigree, and his first foals are outstanding," said Ryan Norton, stallion director at Darby Dan Farm. "Being a grade 1 winner by Candy Ride, it makes a lot of sense to bring him to Kentucky now to give him every opportunity to succeed as a stallion and carry on his sire's legacy. We are excited to share him with breeders." Candy Ride is the sire of Horse of the Year and Breeders' Cup Classic (G1) winner Gun Runner, who stands atop the leading freshman sire list this year after his brilliant 2-year-old filly Echo Zulu snared her third straight grade 1 win in the NetJets Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies (G1) at Del Mar. Leofric is produced from the Unbridled's Song mare Lady Godiva, a half sister to multiple graded stakes winner Multiple Choice and stakes-placed, multiple stakes producer Proposal. His second dam, Lady of Choice, is a half sister to grade 1 winner and grade 1 producer Well Chosen and grade 3 winner In Contention.