Kentuckiana Stallion Management today announced that leading Ontario stallion and former World Champion Muscle Mass (b.c. 2005), by Muscles Yankee out of Graceful Touch will stand the 2014 breeding season at Blue Chip Farms, located in Wallkill, New York. Kentuckiana Farms will continue to serve as Syndicate Manager and along with Blue Chip Farms will manage his breeding career.
With just two crops of racing age, Muscle Mass has established himself as the leading trotting sire in Ontario. Muscle Mass was the leading first crop sire of Ontario Sire Stakes winners in 2012 and followed it up with a spectacular second season in 2013 as the current leading Ontario sire of two-year-old trotters in overall earnings. Muscle Mass is the sire of multiple Ontario Sire Stakes Gold Champions including Motown Muscle ($445,979), Princess Lilly ($269,109), and Muscle Matters ($211,066), to name a few. Most impressive, however, is the impressive two-year-old Grand Circuit Champion Riveting Rosie ($452,618), winner of the Champlain Stakes, Peaceful Way and Ontario Sire Stakes Super Finals.
“Although he has clearly earned the right to have his service fee bumped significantly based on his first two racing crops, we have worked closely with the team at Blue Chip to establish a real value play for breeders with the 2014 fee being set at $6,000. We have also created loyalty and multiple mares programs to reward breeders for their support. Based on early indications, we are confident that he will get a full book of quality mares,” says Bob Brady of Kentuckiana Stallion Management.
Muscle Mass retired to stud duty as the fastest two-year-old son of super-sire Muscles Yankee having established his world-record mark of 1:53.4 in only his second career start. Muscle Mass won five major stakes in an undefeated season at 2 winning all seven of his starts, including back-to-back wins in Lexington and a 10-length, track and stakes record in the American-National.
Muscle Mass hails from one of harness racings most prolific families. A Muscles Yankee son of Graceful Touch, 2, 1:56.1 ($161,983), a brilliant stakes winning two-year-old herself and a daughter of the sensational ill-fated Valley Victory racemare and producer Act of Grace, 3, 1:52.3 ($403,525). Before her tragic death, Act of Grace produced stakes winning Cobol, 3, 1:54.1 ($411,457) and Graceful Touch in only two foals.
The royal breeding of Muscle Mass continues into his third dam Keystone Profile, 3, 1:55.1 ($158,064), a stakes winner and top producer — Prolific Lady, 3, 1:56.2 ($373,925) and Cherished Victory, 3, 1:54.4 ($127,675); along with being the dam of several great producing daughters, such as Miss Marita, dam of Passionate Glide, 3, 1:52.2 ($2,063,097), Maritas Victory, 3, 1:54.0 ($666,731) and Mr Vic, 3, 1:54.2 ($318,942) – this being the immediate family of the great Green Speed, 3, 1:55.3 ($953,013) and stakes winner of 37 starts.
In addition to being one of the preeminent stakes winning families in harness racing, the maternal family of Muscle Mass is regarded as one of, if not, the top commercial families in the industry, having produced in excess of 15 $100,000 yearlings and 5 $250,000 yearlings including: Muscle Mass ($100,000) and his two full brothers Hambletonian Champion Muscle Massive ($425,000) and Touchdown Town ($320,000), Cobol ($290,000), Graceful Touch ($285,000), Act of Grace ($125,000), Mr Vic ($110,000), Maritas Victory ($160,000) and Mr Cantab ($325,000), and most recently in Lexington his $450,000 New York eligible half-brother Mr Lucky Luke.
(Kentuckiana Stallion Management)