Grade 1 winner Latent Heat relocates to Oklahoma

Latent Heat winning the Grade 1 Malibu Stakes at Santa Anita * Benoit Photo

Latent Heat, a Grade 1-winning son of Maria’s Mon and leading second-crop sire, has been relocated to stand the 2013 breeding season at Lori and Francisco Bravo’s River Oaks Farm in Sulphur, Oklahoma. The 9-year-old stallion will stand for a $3,500 fee as property of Mike Grossman.

Latent Heat ranks among the top 15 second-crop sires in North America by progeny earnings. His progeny earnings of $1,504,586 this year would easily put him atop the Oklahoma list of second-crop sires and ranks him second on the overall list of all sires in the state.

On the track, Latent Heat won half of his 12 starts with two seconds and a third with earnings of $450,400. As a 3-year-old, he won the seven-furlong Malibu Stakes (G1) at Santa Anita Park, defeating eventual Eclipse Award Champion Sprinter Midnight Lute. Latent Heat also found success around two turns with a second in the Long Branch Breeders’ Cup (G3) at Monmouth Park and a third in the Santa Catalina Stakes (G2) at Santa Anita, both going 1 1/16 miles. As a 4-year-old, Latent Heat captured the seven-furlong San Carlos Handicap (G2) at Santa Anita.

Latent Heat is one of three graded/group stakes winners out of the Grade 2-winning Capote mare True Flare. The mare’s other foals include Grade 2 winner Indian Flare and Group 3 winner Art Master.

From two crops to race, Latent Heat has sired multiple stakes winner Softly Lit and Grade 3-placed True Feelings and Jamaican Smoke.