Stallion Spotlight Presented By Kentucky Equine Research: Crestwood Farm’s Robert Keck On Yorkton

Stallion Spotlight offers stud farm representatives a chance to address breeders and answer questions as they finalize their mating decisions for the 2021 breeding season.

In this edition, Robert Keck of Crestwood Farm discusses Yorkton, a multiple Grade 3 winner who entered stud in 2021.

B. h., 2014, Speightstown x Sunday Affair, by A.P. Indy
Race Record: 30-7-4-3; $546,332
Advertised Fee: $5,000

What is Yorkton’s strongest selling point as a stallion?

Robert Keck: It’s hard to list just one. He was durable, making 30 starts, and fast, winning five stakes. He is a son Speightstown, a great physical with an elite pedigree.

If I’ve got a mare that needs help from a stallion physically, what do you foresee Yorkton best being able to contribute to that equation?

Keck: Yorkton is an exceptional physical. He has extremely good bone, you rarely see cannons that strong. He is very correct, has great muscling, and coupling. He is 16.1 hands with scope, a great top-line, and a good hind leg. Any mare will benefit from his physical attributes.

Speightstown is rapidly emerging as a sire of sires. What about Yorkton separates him within that group?

Keck: Being the only Speightstown, out of an A.P. Indy mare; additionally being from a super-elite female family gives him a great advantage. His half-brother Weyburn just won the G3 Gotham Stakes, earning 50 points for the Kentucky Derby.

Yorkton’s third dam is the mighty Maplejinsky. How much does having a strong female family under a stallion affect his appeal, and his ability to sire runners?

Keck: Very rarely do you see a successful stallion that doesn’t have a strong female family, that foundation forecasts a stallion that has a future. Yorkton has 11 Grade 1 winners, including six millionaires, and two champions from his immediate female family.

What else should someone considering Yorkton know before making the call?

Keck: Chiefswood Stables is supporting this stallion by breeding some extremely nice mares. The $1-million Breeders’ Incentive Program gives you an idea of how committed they are to seeing Yorkton succeed.

The Breeders’ Incentive Program will award $10,000 to the breeders of Yorkton’s first 20 juveniles in his debut crop to win a North American maiden special weight at or above the $25,000 purse level.

Breeders of the first six debut-crop foals to win a listed black type stakes race in North America with a purse of $75,000 or more will receive a $100,000 bonus, if it’s done before the end of their 3-year-old season.

A $200,000 bonus will go to the breeder of Yorkton’s first Grade 1 winner before the end of their 3-year-old campaign, as well.

Anyone with questions can contact us directly at Crestwood Farm.

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