Millionaire Alternation to Stand at Pin Oak Stud
Multiple graded stakes-winning millionaire ALTERNATION will stand at Pin Oak Stud in 2014. The 5-year-old son of Leading Sire Distorted Humor is a homebred for Josephine Abercrombie’s Pin Oak, and is out of the stakes-winning Seattle Slew mare Alternate. “In my opinion, ALTERNATION is one of the best-looking horses I’ve ever had,” Abercrombie said. “He’s got all the right qualities.”
Showing an early hint of his talent, ALTERNATION broke his maiden by seven lengths in his second start at two. Winning his first two starts and named a “TDN Rising Star” the following season, ALTERNATION closed from six lengths back to nail a game victory in the Peter Pan S.-G2, 1 1/8 miles at Belmont. After on the board finishes in both the Jim Dandy S.-G2 and Super Derby-G2, ALTERNATION finished his sophomore season with a runner-up tally in the Oklahoma Derby, missing the win by a short head.
ALTERNATION won four consecutive stakes to start his 4-year-old campaign, ranking him among the country’s top two-turn dirt runners of 2012. He began the season with an authoritative win in Oaklawn’s Essex Handicap. Next, carrying top weight in the Razorback H.-G3, ALTERNATION cruised through early fractions before drawing off to defeat Tapizar by 1 1/2 lengths, completing the 1 1/16 miles in 1:43 2/5, the fastest time of the meet at that distance. In the Oaklawn H.-G2, ALTERNATION led every step en route to a 2 1/2-length score over a solid field that included Santa Anita H.-G1 winner Ron the Greek and Donn H.-G1 winner Hymn Book. As the co-topweight ALTERNATION reeled off a fourth consecutive stakes win with a stirring victory in the Pimlico Special-G3, defeating G1 winners Hymn Book and Toby’s Corner and held off late-running Kentucky Derby runner-up Nehro for the win. ALTERNATION became a millionaire when scoring his ninth lifetime victory, a gutsy performance in which he prevailed over Prayer for Relief after a stretch-long battle in the Governor’s Cup.
Six-time stakes winner ALTERNATION hails from one of Pin Oak’s most important families, with four successful sires including leading sires Broken Vow and Peaks and Valleys. He is out of the graded stakes mare Alternate, who won or placed in ten stakes earning over $550,000, and is a half-sister to Canadian Horse of the Year and top sire, Peaks and Valleys. No fee has been announced. For more information, please contact Clifford Barry or Nancy Stephens at Pin Oak Stud (859) 873-1420.