Diego Mitagstein, editor of Turf Diario in Buenos Aires, Argentina, emailed me today to inform that Haras La Quebrada‘s iconic sire, Southern Halo, 26, may not cover mares in 2009. Diego, who spoke to La Quebrada owner Hernan Ceriani Cernadas Jr., said the decision was made to rest the horse after years of service, but the final decision to retire the horse has not been made.
Diego said Hernan told him: “The decision does not mark a definitive retirement from the breeding shed. If, with the advance of the months, we see he is well, we will evaluate the possibility to present him a few mares. He is old and deserves that we take care of him for everything that he gave us and gave to the Argentine thoroughbred industry. All the members of the [Jockey Club] already are warned in order that they could find another option in the short term. His reproductive function is perfect and it was never a problem in his life. It is only to have respect and to take care of him. It is the minimal thing that he deserves.”
Southern Halo is the sire of 161 black type winners and has led the general sire list in Argentina 10 times and the broodmare sire list four times.