Stallion roster in Maryland grows by 3; High-earning Crypto Star, Malibu Moon, 'Hurricane' join state breeding scene


Now that the 14th Maryland Million is history, breeders can begin planning the matings that will produce Maryland Million runners into the next century. They have three new stallions to consider.

Audrey and Allen Murray have added Crypto Star to their roster at Murmur Farm in Darlington.

A 5-year-old son of Cryptoclearance, the sire of Victory Gallop, Crypto Star earned $730,090 on the racetrack. He won the Arkansas and Louisiana derbies and finished second in the Whitney Handicap, fourth in the Belmont and fifth in the Kentucky Derby. His stud fee will be $3,500.

Audrey Murray says she and Allen received a call from Taylor Made Farm in Kentucky, asking whether they'd be interested in standing Crypto Star.

"When we looked him up, we thought, 'Wow, I guess we are interested,' " she said. "We felt he'd go very well in Maryland."

Taylor Made and Crypto Star's owner, Darrell Yates, will retain 10 shares in the horse. The Murrays will sell 30 shares for $10,000 each.

Country Life Farm has also added a stallion, the A. P. Indy colt Malibu Moon. He will stand for $3,000 at the farm near Bel Air.

Trained by Mel Stute, Malibu Moon was one of the top juveniles this spring at Hollywood Park. Odds-on favorite in both his starts, he was a fast-closing second April 30 and then broke his maiden May 31 by 1 1/2 lengths. In that race, he chipped a bone in his left front knee, underwent surgery and was retired.

The Pons family of Country Life formed a partnership with the colt's owner, the Californian B. Wayne Hughes, to bring the horse to Maryland.

"Not many colts stand their first season as 3-year-olds," Josh Pons said. "But both Raise a Native and Hail to Reason entered stud at 3. Malibu Moon had a day of brilliance, has perfect conformation and has a pedigree this region needs."

Malibu Moon's dam is the Mr. Prospector mare Macoumba, a Group I winner in Europe. Hughes paid $2 million for her in foal with Malibu Moon. Pons said Hughes will breed three of his Kentucky mares (by Storm Bird, Gone West and Wild Again) to Malibu Moon next year.

Finally, the 5-year-old Hurricane State will stand for $1,500 at Green Willow Farms in Westminster. A Kentucky-bred son of Miswaki and the Grade I-winning mare Regal State, Hurricane State won a stakes in England and a graded stakes in France.

Pub Date: 10/19/99

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