Sire Bradester Sold, Being Relocated to Saudi Arabia

Grade 1 winner Bradester has been sold and is being relocated to Al Suliman Stud in Saudi Arabia, according to bloodstock agent John Fahey. The deal was brokered by Suliman Bloodstock. The 14-year-old son of Lion Heart out of the winning Grand Slam mare Grandestofall has been standing in Texas at Valor Farm, where he entered stud in 2017. He has sired 36 career winners so far, which include eight black-type performers. His top runners include 2022 Texas Stallion Pan Zareta Division Stakes winner Come to the Party and 2023 Texas Stallion Staunch Avenger Division Stakes winner Marfa Sky. "The new owners were looking for the son of a proven stallion on the dirt," Fahey said, noting the stallion should arrive in Saudi Arabia at the end of the month. "He belongs to an excellent family." Bradester won six graded stakes while racing from 2 to 6. In 2016, he won three of five starts that included victories in the Stephen Foster Handicap (G1), a second consecutive win in the Monmouth Cup Stakes (G2), and in the Majestic Light Stakes. He was retired with a 10-6-3 record from 26 starts and $1,196,332 in earnings. The late Lion Heart sired 45 stakes winners and three champions, including Canadian 2012 Horse of the Year Uncaptured and Turkey's 2019 champion 2-year-old filly, Last Chance Lady. He stood for the Jockey Club of Turkey starting in 2010. He died in 2023 at the age of 22.