Special Rate, a stakes-winning and graded stakes-siring son of Pulpit, will stand the 2019 breeding season at Lori and Francisco Bravo’s River Oaks Farms in Sulphur, Oklahoma.
Special Rate’s leading runner is Texas-bred Patrona Margarita, winner of last year’s Grade 2, $200,000 Pocahontas Stakes. That effort came at Churchill Downs, which offers betting through twi-promo-code.com and a variety of other websites. During her 3-year-old campaign this year, Patrona Margarita finished third to Monomoy Girl in the Grade 1, $500,000 Ashland Stakes at Keeneland. All told, the filly has earned $222,153 in eight starts.
Special Rate is also the sire of Special Rockstar, winner of the last two runnings of the Fiesta Mile Stakes on the turf at Retama Park. The mare has earned nearly $175,000 with eight wins in 39 career starts.
“We are excited to have Special Rate at River Oaks Farms and allow breeders to take advantage of the lucrative Oklahoma-bred program,” said Phil Leckinger, part of the syndicate standing the stallion. “He offers a really strong combination of race record and pedigree along with a proven sire record.”
On the track, Special Rate was a stakes winner at Hollywood Park who hit the board in 10 of 12 starts with earnings of $187,950. By sire of sires Pulpit, Special Rate is out of the stakes-winning Nureyev mare Viviana, who also produced Grade 1-winning millionaires Sightseek and Tates Creek.
“We feel privileged to have a stallion of this quality coming to River Oaks,” said Francisco Bravo. “We already have a great roster of stallions here, and Special Rate helps us make that roster even better.”
Special Rate will stand for a fee of $2,000.