Stallion Spotlight: Shadwell Farm’s Kent Barnes On Qurbaan

Stallion Spotlight offers stud farm representatives a chance to address breeders and answer questions as they finalize their mating decisions for the 2020 breeding season.

This time around, Shadwell Farm stallion manager Kent Barnes discusses Qurbaan, a newcomer for 2020 who won two editions of the G2 Bernard Baruch Handicap at Saratoga.

Ch. h., 2013, Speightstown x Flip Flop, by Zieten
Race Record: 22-7-3-6; $854,408
Notable Wins: G2 Bernard Baruch Handicap (Twice), Prix Saonois, Prix Luthier
Advertised Fee: $5,000

1) What is Qurbaan’s strongest selling point as a stallion?

Kent Barnes: He raced 22 times from two to six, winning every year he raced, and he won or placed in nine graded/group stakes.

2) If I’ve got a mare that needs help from the stallion on a physical characteristic, what can Qurbaan best contribute to the equation?

Barnes: He is an average sized horse with powerful hindquarters and correct legs. He would suite a large variety of mares

3) What parts of Speightstown come through in Qurbaan’s physical? How does Qurbaan’s female family influence how he’s put together?

Barnes: He definitely has the powerful hindquarters of his sire. The Danzig line on his dam works well with Speightstown giving a nicely-balanced speedy-type horse.

4) How much of an added selling point is international success for a young stallion, especially over the turf in a jurisdiction where it’s the main surface and the competition level is generally higher than in the U.S.?

Barnes: European turf racing is very competitive and we seeing a lot more French runners come over here and winning big races in the United States. Qurbaan’s success in France at two, three, and four paved the way for his bigger stakes wins here at five and six, and gives us confidence in breeding both European-type mares and American mares to him. He will be heavily supported by Shadwell with some of our better mares. I would expect to see his offspring run on both continents in the future.

5) On the other side of the coin, how important is it for a young stallion in the U.S. to have won major races on this side of the pond when their careers begin elsewhere?

Barnes: This is nearly imperative in today’s market. Twenty or 30 years ago, you could bring a top European runner here to stand at stud without a U.S. race, but unfortunately, those horses are no longer supported by American breeders, so you must be able to prove yourself in the graded level here to have any chance at success.

6) Speightstown has proven to be quite versatile when it comes to siring top-level runners over any distance or surface. Though he raced on turf, do you see crossover potential to dirt with Qurbaan? If so, why?

Barnes: Absolutely! This horse looks like a speedy dirt sprinter and I believe if he had ever been given the opportunity to run on the dirt, he would have been just as successful. He will be covering some mares with U.S. dirt pedigrees so I am sure we will see many of those start on the dirt.

7) How does Qurbaan compare and contrast with Tamarkuz, a fellow son of Speightstown standing at Shadwell Farm?

Barnes: Qurbaan is a more compact type of horse with a bigger engine behind. Tamarkuz has a bit more of a lean and leggier look.

8) What’s something about Qurbaan that you think goes overlooked?

Barnes: His consistency. He ran in nine graded stakes in the U.S. and was only out of the money in one of those. He was just denied his Grade 1 victory by a half-length by a come-from-the-clouds run by Horse of the Year Bricks and Mortar in the Turf Classic at Churchill.

9) Qurbaan stands for $5,000. What makes him a standout in that price bracket?

Barnes: A multiple graded stakes winning son of Speightstown that showed consistency and durability, what’s not to like at this fee?

10) What else should someone considering Qurbaan for their mare know before making the call?

Barnes: We also own his 2-year-old full-brother [named Qareeb] that goes into training this year.

To learn more about Qurbaan, click here.

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