Before Kantharos was an unbeaten multiple graded stakes-winning juvenile, he was a successful pinhook by bloodstock agents Nick Sallusto and Hanzly Albina. The speedy son of Lion Heart is now a promising young Kentucky stallion and he had an especially good start to the fall racing season.
Bucchero became the latest Kantharos graded stakes winner when he stormed down the Keeneland turf course to take the Grade 2 $200,000 Woodford Stakes on October 7.
It the second straight stakes victory the five-year-old and his fifth blackytpe win overall. The winner’s share of the purse put his bankroll at $638,366, making him the second leading earner for his sire after the graded stakes winner X Y Jet ($801,153).
A few weeks earlier the Kantharos filly Katinka broke through with her first blacktype victory in the $100,000 Miss Gracie Stakes over the Gulfstream Park turf course. The three-year-old filly had previously placed in the Martha Washington Stakes over the summer. She’s now earned $128,090 in her budding 10-race career.
Other blacktype winners by Kantharos this year include the multiple New York stakes winner Yorkiepoo Princess and Old Hat S. winner Wildcat Kate. He’s now the sire of 13 blacktype winners from his first 143 starters, a very good 9% strike rate. In 2018 he’ll enter his second season at Hill ‘n’ Dale Farm in Kentucky after standing his first few years in Florida.
He was originally purchased by Sallusto & Albina for $80,000 at the 2009 Keeneland September Yearling sale and was resold for $250,000 the following spring at the OBS March Two-Year-Old in Training auction. He won the Bashford Manor Stakes (G3) and Saratoga Special (G2) in the crimson and gold colors of buyer Stonestreet Farm.