It looks like it’s a game of “King of the Hill” at Ghost Ridge Farm’s stallion barn.
Tarry Bratton’s Felton, Pa. farm is currently home to Pennsylvania’s No. 1 sire Jump Start.In late September Ghost Ridge closed a deal with DarleyStud of Lexington, Ky. acquiring E Dubai.As of mid-September, E Dubai was ranked as the No. 52 stallion nationwide with Jump Start was listed at No. 69.
When he retired from racing in 2002 E Dubai was the fastest-ever son of the legendary stallion Mr. Prospector.
“It’s very exciting for us and for everyone involved in Pennsylvania breeding,” said Carl McEntee, the general manager of Ghost Ridge Farm.“We are very pleased to be working with Darley.Our goal from when I first came here from Kentucky in March 2009 was to elevate the state’s breeding program.Give breeders the opportunity to succeed in both the sales ring and at the racetrack.We’ve done that now with the two top ranked sires in Pennsylvania.”
A $1.35 million Keeneland September yearling, E Dubai was a top international star for Godolphin Racing Stable, E Dubai.Sired by Mr. Prospector, he is out of the mare Words of War, by Lord At War). Bred by Arthur B. Hancock III and Stonerside Stable, E Dubai won the Dwyer takes (Grade-2) and Suburban Handicap (Grade-2) at Belmont Park. He was second in two Grade-1 races: the Travers Stakes and Super Derby.A winner of five of 11 starts, E Dubai earned $920,000.
In 2003 he entered stud at Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al Maktoum's Darley America that is based at the historic Jonabell Farm, located near Lexington, Ky. Jimmy Bell was the farm’s general manager when E Dubai showed up.
"As a racehorse he was a beautifully-balanced, brilliantly-fast and extremely versatile athlete and had all the gears plus a great pedigree,” Bell told the Blood-Horse magazine in 2003.
"He was able to carry that speed a mile and a quarter against graded stakes winners as was seen in the 2001 Suburban and he put up a brave fight with the Horse of the Year, Point Given, in the Travers Stakes.”
Among his most talented offspring are Breeders’ Cup Sprint hero Desert Code, plus Grade-1 winners High Heels (nearly $1.1 million in earnings), Desert Key and One More Dubai, and Grade-2 winners Accredit and Buy the Barrel.As of mid-September Skysurfers is his top earner in 2010, at $192,218.His stud fee was $10,000 in 2010.
His 2-year old son Behold de Buy passed nearly every horse in the field of twelve on August 22 to win the $100,000 Gold Rush Futurity at Arapahoe Downs on August 22 in his first stakes attempt.
Bolth E Dubai and Jump start were rated as two of the most undervalued stallion in 2009 by prdigree expert Alan Porter, according to McEntee.The ghost ridge manager anticipates E Dubai’s stud fee will remain at $10,000 for 2011.
“We’re interested in offering a horse that can make a return on investment for the breeder.We want to do right by the the horse and the client.”
In January Ghost Ridge will have yet another Top 50 stallion for the 2011 breeding season after the horse finishes up his breeding duties in Argentina.