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|Posted: Thu Dec 15, 2011 7:13 pm Post subject: Bank Heist to New York's Kaz Hill Farm
|Bank Heist, a winning half-brother to Eclipse Champion sprinter and two-time Breeders' Cup Sprint winner Midnight Lute, has been retired and will stand the 2012 breeding season at Kaz Hill Farm in Middletown, NY.
The son of Champion 2-year-old Maria's Mon out of the Dehere mare Candytuft will stand for $2,500, but the stud fee will be waived for black-type mares, mares with black-type under the first dam, and winners/producers of $50,000 or more.
A $900,000 Keeneland September Yearling, Bank Heist won a maiden special weight race going 6 1/2 furlongs at Saratoga -- wire-to-wire with fractions of 21.74, 44.61, 1:09.92, and 1:16.68 -- in August of his 3-year-old season for trainer Todd Pletcher.
"Bank Heist has a pedigree that's as good as any horse standing in New York in 2012," said Peter Kazamias, owner of Kaz Hill. "His sire was a blazing-fast and precocious 2-year-old, but he's also sired two Kentucky Derby winners in Monarchos and Super Saver, and an Eclipse champion turf mare in Wait a While, among his 59 total stakes winners. Even better, Bank Heist's dam produced Midnight Lute, who's among the most exciting freshman sire prospects of 2012. We feel like Bank Heist can be to Midnight Lute what Freud is to Giant's Causeway: A value-priced, New York-based version of his Kentucky-based brother that gives local breeders an opportunity to hit it out of the ballpark. We'll be supporting Bank Heist with a number of our own best mares."
The deal was brokered by New Jersey-based bloodstock agent Michael Slezak. (Yes, that's me!)