Horseman Darryl Mason and co-owner Charlie Juravinski confirmed with Trot Insider today that 21-year-old pacing stallion Goalie Jeff (p,3,1:51.2 [$2,003,439]) has been sold and will be standing in Illinois for the 2008 breeding season.
"He was purchased by Jeff Bridgford and a partner of his," said Mason. "They were interested in breeding to a couple of mares and things moved along from there."
Mason explained that Goalie Jeff has been at his Killarney, Manitoba farm for about four years now, and that he is still currently there. "He will probably be moving in about a week and a half or so, after he gets his health papers and coggins done," said Mason.
"He was kind of a celebrity here for people to come by and see, being a North America Cup, Little Brown Jug and Breeders Crown winner and all," Mason explained. "But it's a good thing that he is going to Illinois."
Goalie Jeff will stand for a fee of $1,500 and discounts are available for multiple bookings and performing and/or producing mares.
Please direct all inquiries to Jeff Bridgford by calling (309) 582-4373, or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The career winner of over $2 million will stand at Finish Line Farms, 893 State Hwy 135, Alexis, Illinois.
"There currently isn't any provenblood in Illinois and that is a big reason why this transaction came about," said Charlie Juravinski, MCO of the Centre Ice Stable.
"I don't think the move really comes as much of a surprise. The horse is currently languishing in Manitoba without a real purse structure, which is really unfortunate.
"He is 21 now, but he has some good genes in him. I sincerely hope he produces another good one because we all know that he deserves it."
Out of the 550 horses that Goalie Jeff has sired, 466 raced; 449 started; 390 were race winners, and 60 won in excess of $100,000. His sons and daughters earned more than $21 million on the track and 86.9 per cent of his offspring took records.
Courtesy Of Standardbred Canada with files from the United States Trotting Association and Jeff Brigford