Jackson Bend isn’t the only major score for the Breis in 2009. In March, the couple sold the Medaglia d’Oro colt Cup o’ Joe, whom they bred, to John Ferguson, representing Sheikh Mohammed, for $1.6 million — the top price at the Fasig-Tipton Florida select 2-year-olds-in-training sale at Calder. Subsequently renamed Al Zir, the colt is Group 1 placed for Godolphin in Europe and is considered a classic prospect.
Hear No Evil, a stakes winner on dirt and turf for the Breis and a winner of $599,415, entered stud in 2006 at Rising Hill Farm for $5,000 and stood the 2009 season there for $2,500. Judging by the limited number of foals from his first crop, Hear No Evil was not popular, except with his owners. That’s all changed now, with the stallion among the first-crop leaders nationally, and he will stand the 2010 season at Brent and Crystal Fernung’s Journeyman Stud — among the leading farms in Florida these days by sire power and visibility.
Carson City, the sire of Hear No Evil who stood at Overbrook, started off poorly as a sire of sires, but lately he’s had a number of sons emerging as stallions, including Pollard’s Vision, whose first crop is 2 also; City Zip; Cuvee; and Islam, a leading sire in Peru.