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Double Diamond Farm Stallion Show a Big Hit
Published: Monday, January 25, 2016

Ocala, Florida (January 25, 2016)--- Hundreds of breeders, owners and Thoroughbred fans from the Sunshine State braved a chilly 40 degree morning last Saturday to attend the Double Diamond Farm stallion show. Many came to visit Florida’s leading freshman sire First Dude and others to become acquainted with the farm’s newest stallion Bahamian Squall.

First Dude, a Grade 1 winner and earner of $1.4 million on the racetrack has taken Florida’s breeding industry by storm, his progeny banking over $1 million in the past six months. The son of Stephen Got Even was among the leading freshman sires in North America in 2015 and will stand for the same $7,500 stud fee in 2016.

Bahamian Squall, winner of the Smile Sprint Handicap (G2) and nearly $590,000 in his 25-race career, defeated some of the best sprinters in the United States including Breeders’ Cup Sprint (G1) winner Trinniberg, Justin Phillip, Jackson Bend, and Caixa Eletronica. The only son of Gone West standing in Florida is a half-brother to four stakes horses including Grade 3 winner Apriority and stakes winner Squall City. He will stand his first season at Double Diamond Farm for a $5,000 stud fee.

Farm manager Jimmy Alexander had the farm and his charges in fine fettle for the show. Both stallions received rave reviews from attendees and many breeding contracts were signed. Double Diamond vice-president Roger Brand and stallion coordinator Melissa Anthony were on hand to answer questions and Horse Racing Radio Network’s Jude Feld served as the announcer.

Visitors on the cold and windy morning were treated to a welcome hot and tasty brunch provided by Chef Sharon’s Gourmet Catering and after the second stallion showing, a drawing was held for four complimentary seasons – one to First Dude and three to Bahamian Squall.

The Bahamian Squall seasons were won by Tricia Zimmerman, Richard Heysek and Peggy Laffey, with Tony Hicks, of Little Hollow Farm, garnering the season to First Dude.

For more information contact Melissa Anthony at (352) 209-7299

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$5,000 Live Foal
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