Live Oak Plantation's To Honor and Serve will begin his stud career next spring at the Beck family's Gainesway Farm in Lexington. The 4-year-old captured the 2010 GII Remsen S. and GII Nashua S. Third in last year's Grade 2 Fasig-Tipton Fountain of Youth S. and Grade 1 Florida Derby, the handsome bay won the Grade 2 Pennsylvania Derby and ended his sophomore campaign with a victory in the Grade 1 Cigar Mile H. He opened 2012 with a win in the Grade 3 Westchester S. before running third in the Grade 1 Metropolitan H., and is currently training for a start in the Sept. 1 Grade 1 Woodward S.
"To Honor and Serve has every component necessary to be a top sire, and we are delighted Mrs. (Charlotte) Weber has agreed to stand him at Gainesway," said Gainesway President Antony Beck. "He was a top-class 2-year-old, a brilliant runner, and a Grade I-winning miler on the dirt. Perhaps equally important, he had outstanding speed--he ran two number 1 Rags--and those are the types of horses who take it to the next level as stallions. And of course, he is by one of the most exciting young sires in our industry, and from a sire's family. He represents great opportunity for breeders and for Gainesway."
To Honor and Serve has hit the board in 11 of 14 starts to date, with seven wins and earnings of $1,328,840. A $575,000 Keeneland September yearling, the bay is out of stakes winner Pilfer, a half-sister to multiple graded stakes winner India (Hennessy) and to stakes winner Sing Softly (Hennessy). This is the direct family of breed-shaping sire Dynaformer.
"I am pleased that To Honor and Serve will be standing at Gainesway," said Mrs. Weber. "Antony Beck, his family and entire team have a history of success and are leaders in the industry. We know he will have every opportunity to be successful as a sire. I look forward to seeing his foals."
A stud fee has yet to be announced.
Watch some of his brilliant wins below: