JK Endofanera to stand stud at Victory Hill
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JK Endofanera p,3, 1:48.2 ($2,049,580), the winner of the 2014 North America Cup and numerous other major stakes, has been retired to stud duty at Victory Hill Farm in Indiana.
A now 5-year-old stallion, JK Endofanera arrived at Victory Hill on Monday, Aug. 8, and is scheduled to lead the post parade for the Dan Patch Free-For-All—a race he won last year—on Friday night at Hoosier Park.
JK Endofanera was bred and campaigned by the 3 Brothers Stable of Steven, Alan and Ron Katz. They have sold a significant interest to a group comprised of the same principals who brought Always A Virgin to Indiana. A stud fee will be announced at a later date.
"He's brought my family enormous pleasure," said Alan Katz, "and now we look forward to his next career in Indiana."
A son of the Artsplace stallion Art Major, JK Endofanera is out of the Presidential Ball-sired Presidential Lady, who is also the dam of 2014 Horse of the Year JK She'salady.
"We are very excited to add JK Endofanera to our stallion roster," said Jeff King, who operates Victory Hill Farm with his wife, Dr. Maria King. "His talent speaks for itself and he's a magnificent individual. I believe he will prove to be a top sire in North America and he brings the incomparable Artsplace sire line to Indiana."
Trained by Ron Burke at ages two and three and Jimmy Takter during his 4-year-old season, JK Endofanera beat every top colt of his generation. As a 2 year old he won four of seven starts, among them the $534,500 Governor's Cup at the Meadowlands, when he took his freshman mark of 1:51.4. At age three he captured the $1 million North America Cup, defeating a field that included He's Watching and McWicked. He also won a Meadowlands Pace elimination over Always B Miki and later in the season captured the Tattersalls at The Red Mile.
In 2015, at age four, JK Endofanera won more than $500,000, including the Dan Patch Free-For-All at Hoosier Park by 2 ½ lengths in 1:48.4, exploding past his rivals with a :26.2 final quarter.