Texas stallion Gaff off to fast start with first crop

Gaff * Louise Reinagel photo

Gaff, a son of Maria’s Mon who stands at Seguin Horse Center in Seguin, Texas, has jumped out to a big early lead on the list of leading freshman sires in the Lone Star State. The multiple Grade 3 winner, who previously stood in Florida and Louisiana, already has three winners in his first crop with progeny earnings of $82,897. His top earner is Bloody Smart, a Florida-bred filly who has banked $37,596 with a record of 7-1-0-3.

Gaff won eight of 23 career starts while banking nearly $570,000 on the track. He won five stakes, including Gulfstream Park’s six-furlong Mr. Prospector Handicap (G3) in track record time and the Aegon Turf Sprint Stakes (G3) at Churchill Downs, and placed in five others while running in the U.S., Ireland and the United Arab Emirates.

Gaff will stand the 2013 season for a $1,500 fee. For more information, contact Don H. Ford Jr. at (830) 491-1412 or dlford57@hotmail.com.