2009, by Smarty Jones

Multiple stakes winner Devil in Disguise impressed many with his long, galloping stride and quick turn of foot when he established himself as one of Canada’s top 3-year-olds in 2012. In fact, his natural speed and ability to do well at longer distances was essentially what made his sire, Smarty Jones, a champion.

Smarty Jones won two-thirds of the 2004 American Triple Crown and was only caught late in the final jewel, the Belmont Stakes, by Birdstone. Smarty Jones, by Elusive Quality, has sired more than 27 stakes winners.

Devil in Disguise comes from the same female family as brilliant sprinter and successful sire Groovy, a half-brother to the second dam, Harbor Springs, of the new stallion. Harbor Springs is a daughter of longtime leading Canadian sire Vice Regent and she produced the 1996 Eclipse champion 2-year-old Boston Harbor, winner of the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (Grade 1) at Woodbine.

Bay Harbor, a daughter of the Mr. Prospector stallion Forty Niner, is the dam of Devil in Disguise and she has produced seven winners including graded stakes placed El Nino.

Devil in Disguise won his maiden as a juvenile in a 1 mile and 70-yard special weight at Hawthorne and was later sold to Glenn Todd’s North American Thoroughbred Horse Company. The colt won the Chris Loseth, River Rock Casino and Count Lathum Stakes as a 3-year-old and was second in the Grade 3 B.C. Derby and third in the Grade 3 Canadian Derby. He retired following his 6-year-old campaign in 2015 with five wins from 25 races and earnings of $228,131.

Devil in Disguise stands for a fee of $1,500 at Canmor Farms in Aldergrove, B.C.


2012, Curlin

Conquest Stables had several Queen’s Plate contenders early in 2015 and one of those was the fast-improving Conquest Curlinate, a son of the Horse of the Year Curlin (Smart Strike). Trained by Mark Casse, Conquest Curlinate began his career as a 3-year-old and won his maiden at Oaklawn Park before he finished a close second in the Illinois Derby (Grade 2) at Hawthorne in Chicago. The colt then finished second to the Todd Pletcher-trained Madefromlucky in the Peter Pan Stakes (Grade 2) and Plate Trial Stakes and was considered a strong favourite for the Plate.

Unfortunately, the colt suffered a sesamoid injury in a freak accident when run into by another horse while training before the race.

The colt is from the graded stakes winning mare Higher World, who won the Mazarine Stakes (Grade 3) at Woodbine. He stands at Shannondoe Farm for a fee of $5,000.


2010, Scat Daddy

With the sudden passing of the remarkable American stud Scat Daddy, his son Frac Daddy is sure to draw interest in his first season at stud. The grey had speed and stamina while racing from ages two through five for Magic City Thoroughbred Partners and trained Ken McPeek.

From his maiden victory by more than 9 lengths in a maiden special weight at Churchill Downs at 1 1/16 miles in 2012, Frac Daddy had success on dirt, turf and synthetic dirt. It was on Woodbine’s Polytrack in 2014 that the colt won his first graded stakes race: the Eclipse Stakes (Grade 2) by five lengths over champion Alpha Bettor among others. Frac Daddy also won the Ben Ali Handicap (Grade 3) on the all-weather surface at Keeneland and was second in the 10-furlong Dominion Day Stakes (Grade 3).

Frac Daddy won five of 20 races and earned over $700,000. His sire, Scat Daddy, sired 32 stakes winners in 2015 and he will look to emulate his sire as he enters stud at Park Stud in Orangeville with a fee of $4,000.


2010, by Pulpit

A son of the very successful sire Pulpit (A.P.Indy), Lent has a pedigree filled with champions and he is sure to gain interest as he stands his first season at stud in 2016. The 6-year-old bay was a two-time winner at Churchill Downs in his 12-race career, racing for owner and breeder Whitham Thoroughbreds.

Lent’s dam is Arlucea, by Broad Brush, who is the dam of Breeders’ Cup Classic winner Fort Larned (E Dubai) who earned over $4.4 million in his career.

Arlucea is a daughter of multiple champion mare Bayakoa, a two-time Breeders’ Cup Distaff winner.

Lent will stand his first season at stud at Jim and Sandra Loseth’s Emerald Acres in Aldergove. B.C. for a fee of $1,800.


2011, Leroidesanimaux (Brz)

New to Ontario for 2016 is the grey 5-year-old Chart Topper, a brilliantly quick son of champion Leroidesanimaux (Arg). The horse, owned by the Chart Topper syndicate, will stand at T.C. Westmeath Stud Farm Inc. in Mulmur for a fee of $4,000.

Leroidesanimeaux (Arg) won the Atto Mile (Grade 1) at Woodbine during his championship season and he sired Kentucky Derby (Grade 1) winner Animal Kingdom, whose first crop will race in Australia this year. Chart Topper is from the Unbridled’s Song mare Goodness Unbridled, from the family of Grade 3 stakes winner Darby Shuffle.

Chart Topper won his maiden at 5 furlongs on the turf at Gulfstream Park by eight lengths in a time of 56 1/5 and displayed breakneck speed in all eight career starts. Trainer Brian Lynch, who won the 2015 Queen’s Plate with Shaman Ghost, said if Chart Topper would have had a longer career, “we can only speculate how good he would have been.”


2009, Badge of Silver

He may be best known as the horse that interrupted the amazing winning streak of Horse of the Year Wise Dan in 2013 when he led all the way to win the Shadwell Turf Mile (Grade 1) on the all-weather surface at Keeneland.

Silver Max is a multiple, graded stakes winner by Ontario sire Badge of Silver who won over $1.9 million from 12 wins in 27 starts. The bay 7-year-old raced from age three to five and was a top miler with wins in the Bernard Baruch Stakes (Grade 2) at Monmouth Park, Virginia Derby (Grade 2), a 10-furlong turf race and the American Turf Stakes (Grade 2) among others.

Silver Max is a half brother to stakes winner True Kiss and out of the Kissin Kris mare Kissin Rene.

Silver Max stands at Adena Springs Canada for a fee of $4,000.


2011, Artie Schiller

Favoured for the 2014 Queen’s Plate, We Miss Artie had bad luck in the biggest race for Canadian-bred 3-year-olds when he reared up at the start. The son of Breeders’ Cup Mile winner Artie Schiller (by sire of sires El Prado (Ire)) managed to finish fourth behind super filly Lexie Lou despite the bad start, but an injury led to the colt’s retirement.

We Miss Artie will be attractive to Ontario mare owners since he thrived on all-weather surfaces and turf. He won the Grade 1 Breeders’ Futurity at Keeneland as a 2-year-old after winning his maiden on the grass. As a 3-year-old, the handsome bay won the Spiral Stakes (Grade 3) at Turfway Park before his very easy win in the Plate Trial Stakes at Woodbine.

We Miss Artie was bred by Richard Lister in Ontario and is from the Fusaichi Pegasus mare Athena’s Gift. He stands at Colebrook Farms Stallion Station for a fee of $3,000.