Neck 'N Neck's arrival a boost to Indiana breeding program

January 09, 2019 12:48pm
While Indiana-bred Bucchero made headlines last fall with news he'd head out of state to stand at stud in Florida, a family owned farm is helping making up for that loss. Janice Jordan’s Breakway Farm in Dillsboro, Ind., continues to attract new stallions to the state, and the operation will start off the 2019 breeding season with eight at stud, three of whom are new to Breakway. Perhaps the most attractive addition is that of graded stakes winner Neck ‘N Neck, whose wins in the 2012 Matt Winn Stakes (G3), Indiana Derby (G2), and Ack Ack Handicap (G3) put him on the Midwest map. His only win following the 2012 season came in Parx’s 12-furlong Greenwood Cup Stakes (G3), in which he was able to sit a length off the pace and then pull away to win by half a length in 2015. But Neck 'N Neck proved consistent throughout his career, finishing in the money in 25 of 45 career starts. Neck ‘N Neck, who will stand for $2,000, brings to Breakway a refreshing addition of stamina. “[Neck ‘N Neck] is a great addition for us to try to get some distance and maybe even some grass horses. It’s something different from what we already have,” said Tara Mathias, farm manager at Breakway. “Ultimately, we’re just trying to broaden what we have at our farm.” Another exciting prospect new to Breakway is Greeley’s Conquest, a stallion by -- you probably guessed it -- Mr. Greeley. The winner of $475,346 and seven starts (four of which were stakes) will continue his stallion career for $1,500 in 2019. Previously having stood at a private farm in Kentucky, Greeley’s Conquest has already produced a number of winners, including Pretty Greeley, a winner of $162,692 with five wins, and Greely’s Striker, who has $136,612 in earnings with seven wins. “He was at the previous owner’s farm just breeding to his mares, and we got him through a few mutual acquaintances who thought he would be better in Indiana,” Mathias said. The $180,000 2005 Keeneland September Yearling Sale purchase will stand for $1,500. The third stallion new to the Breakway roster in 2019 is State Line, a stallion who, despite having only one win -- a $14,000 maiden claiming event at Fair Grounds -- hopes to carry on valuable bloodlines to the Indiana program. State Line is a son of the renowned Tiznow, who has sired high-achieving horses such as Well Armed and Tourist. Given the pedigree, Breakway will offer the Tiznow son for $1,500. “Tiznow has proven himself time and time again, and (State Line) has got such a great mare line behind him,” Mathias said. “Ultimately it’s his pedigree.” Interestingly, State Line’s dam, Summerly, won the 2005 Kentucky Oaks, and has foaled four winners out of seven to start. Her most notable foal is Altito, winner of $188,303, who finished sixth of eight in the 2017 Oklahoma Derby (G3), his only stakes start. “Anybody can get a stallion by Tiznow, but [State Line] is out of a mare who won the Kentucky Oaks,” Mathias said. “We just hope he will pass on what his parents had.”

 

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