Big Bad John to stand at Midland in Ohio
November 18, 2011
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Big Bad John p,2, 1:50.4; 3, 1:49 ($988,559), the winner of this year's Little Brown Jug, has been retired to stud duty at Midland Acres in Ohio. Ed Telle, whose Winchester Baye Acres owns the stallion, made the announcement along with Midland Acres.
"We're thrilled to have him. Big Bad John might be the best-bred and most accomplished colt to ever stand stud in Ohio," said Midland's Dr. John Mossbarger, who said the stud fee will be $4,000. "He's been Ohio-owned and Ohio-trained, and we're confident that Ohio is moving forward with expanded gaming and he will have foals of racing age when there will be additional monies in the Ohio Sire Stakes program. Also, Ohioans want to breed and race in Ohio, so he represents a great opportunity for Ohio breeders."
In addition to capturing the Jug for Ohio natives Telle, along with driver David Miller and trainer Ron Potter, Big Bad John also won during the fall meet at Lexington and in addition captured a division of the Oliver Wendell Holmes on Hambletonian Day at the Meadowlands and an elimination for the North America Cup. Last year at age two he won back-to-back stakes at Lexington, the International Stallion Stakes and Bluegrass.
Big Bad John is from the last crop by the leading sire Western Hanover and is out of a daughter of Artsplace, Trulyawork Of Art. Telle bought the colt as a yearling for $130,000 from breeder Kentuckiana Farms at the 2009 Lexington Selected Yearling Sale.