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Thumb_russo Nicole Russo , 03/11/2019 - DRF Breeding Live Posted : Mar 11, 2019, 10:08 AM

First mares reported in foal for Justify

Breeders have reported mares in foal to unbeaten Triple Crown winner Justify, who began his stud career last month at Coolmore's Ashford Stud in Kentucky.

Stonehaven Steadings of Versailles, Ky., the birthplace of champion Shanghai Bobby and Grade 1 winner Daredevil, reported on Monday morning that Venetian Sonata has checked in foal to Justify, a Scat Daddy horse whose advertised stud fee is $150,000.

The winning Bernardini mare, dam of Grade 2-placed juvenile Olive Branch, is a full sister to Grade 2 winner Wilburn and stakes winner La Appassionata, and is a half sister to Grade 2 winner Beethoven. Their dam, Grade 3 winner Moonlight Sonata, is a half sister to Grade 1 winner Bevo, as well as to Vargas Girl, a multiple stakes producer whose foals are led by champion Abel Tasman.

The Jet Black bloodstock agency earlier reported that its mare Joe'sgoldenholiday checked in foal to Justify on a Feb. 20 cover. The winning Harlan's Holiday mare is a half sister to two-time Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile winner Goldencents, who was among last year's leading freshman sires.