Wishing Stone, who sports earnings of $2.2 million and a 1:51.2f record, will be standing at stud at Deo Volente Farm in New Jersey for the 2014 breeding season. However, taking a cue from European stud managers, Wishing Stone will also return to the races in the latter part of 2014. His last race of the 2013 season is Friday at Yonkers, when he was scheduled to compete in the Open Trot.
"We are going to stand him in New Jersey, which is great because we step into the void left by Muscle Hill," Deo Volente's Mike Gulotta told harnessracing.com. "Right now there is just one other trotting stallion in New Jersey. Plus we have a lot of demand for breedings in Europe, so we will ship semen to Europe. He will race next year after the breeding season ends."
Gulotta said the owners of Wishing Stone--Deo Volente, Cowboyland Aalborg, TLP Stable and J&T Silva Stables LLC--will be syndicating the 6-year-old Conway Hall stallion with what he considers to be very attractive terms.
"We're going to sell 60 shares, with two breeding rights per share, for a total of 120 breeding rights. The price will be $30,000 per share, payable $7,500 a year commencing in 2015, for four straight years with no interest," said Gulotta. "In addition to having two breeding rights per season, you get a piece of the frozen semen income and the racing income. And you don't have to put a penny up right now.
"We think this is a very progressive approached," Gulotta added.
Wishing Stone won the Kentucky Futurity as a 3 year old and finished third in the Hambletonian final, then raced in Europe, where he captured the Grade I Copenhagen Cup. This year, racing out of the Ron Burke Stable, he won six of 18 starts.
"He's raced in Europe and proven himself over there as well as here," said Gulotta. "He's got the pedigree, the performance and accomplishment, and he's a horse that just has a great, great heart."--By Kathy Parker