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How Far Will US 2010 Stallion Fees Fall?
The 6-week period between the Keeneland September yearling sale & Keeneland November breeding stock auction "is typically when stallion managers announce stud fees for the coming season. Well, maybe not this year," declared leading US turf writer Dan Liebman on bloodhorse.com. "Several have hinted they might wait until after the November sale. There is a high degree of nervousness right now in the breeding industry. The fact is no one knows exactly what to do in relation to stud fees & no one wants to be the first to pull the trigger." Asked about the expected drop in stud fees for 2010, one US stallion manager said simply: "It will be unprecedented." Another predicted: "For some stallions, a 50% cut will not be enough. They will have to either be cut more, be relocated or be pensioned." (To read Liebman's full analysis, click on the link in The Great Debate panel on the right-hand side of this page.)