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Three decades after his triple-crown victory thrilled a nation, Secretariat continues to win hearts. The hero of Disney’s long-awaited film galloped strong at the box office this summer, stirring memories in those who knew him and inspiring a new generation of fans. His influences on equestrian sport continues through his descendants, one of whom has a new home at Virginia Tech’s MARE Center.The 1988 Thoroughbred stallion Innkeeper is impeccably bred for sport. In addition to his famous sire, he is out of the stakes-winning mare Sue Babe (Mr. Prospector/ Northern Dancer), mother of the Irish Derby winner and well-known National Hunt sire Sir Harry Lewis.
As a yearling, Innkeeper was purchased for $1.2 million by D. Wayne Lukas and beat eventual Kentucky Derby winner Strike the Gold, as a two-year-old. He won his only start at three, but then was retired from the track. He stood two seasons in Florida and was nationally ranked as a freshman sire. Shortly thereafter, though, he slipped through the cracks, until he was rediscovered as a 9-year-old by sporthorse breeder Ursula Ferrier, who was looking for a Thoroughbred stallion. “I took one look at him and had to have him,” she recalls. “It was the best snap decision I ever made.”
Innkeeper is one of a handful of Thoroughbred stallions approved for sporthorse breeding in North America. His record as a sire includes winners on the track as well as in dressage, hunters and eventing. He is also the sire of a licensed stallion with ISR/Oldenburg NA.
When asked why she donated Innkeeper to Virginia Tech, Ferrier remarked, “I hadn’t considered letting him go, but I’ve been so impressed with the Virginia Tech program. I see their students at the shows and love their dedication.” Rebecca Splan, associate professor of equine science at the MARE Center, is equally excited about Innkeeper’s arrival. “We are looking forward to using him in our breeding program. He is a tremendously versatile sire, and his wonderful character will make him a great teacher for our students.”
Foals by Innkeeper.
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