Coral Springs, FL — A tall, powerful stallion with extraordinary conformation, named after a Presbyterian Minister, is about to make an impact on the harness racing breeding industry throughout North America and the Southern Hemisphere.
Pastor Stephen, the 2010 Dan Patch 2-year-old Trotting Colt of the Year in North America, has been purchased from Europe for an undisclosed price by Taylor Made Stallions and will be standing in Indiana for the upcoming 2021 breeding season.
His race record of 1:52.4 and $1,048,607 in earnings, together with his pedigree, makes him one of the most impressive prospects available to breeders in recent years.
The fact that he is a full brother to the $2.5 million winner Father Patrick is even more appealing. Now standing for $30,000, Father Patrick has been an instant hit at stud in North America with the sensational trotter Greenshoe 3,1:49.4 emerging from his first crop.
Pastor Stephen is by one of North America’s leading sires in Cantab Hall, the sire of winners of just under $100 million in North America. Pastor Stephen is from the broodmare Gala Dream, who in turn is a half-sister to world champion trotter Chocolatier 1:53 ($1.3 million).
Pastor Stephen’s pedigree is loaded up with 2-year-old speed, aside from his own record;
Father Patrick – Dan Patch 2- and 3-year-old Trotting Colt of the Year
Cantab Hall – Dan Patch 2-year-old Trotting Colt of the Year
Chocolatier – Dan Patch 2-year-old Trotting Colt of the Year
Pastor Stephen, the Dan Patch 2-year-old Trotting Colt of the Year and a winner of more than $1 million as a 2- and 3-year-old was exported to Europe after his brilliant race career ended in his 3-year-old season upon suffering a broken coffin bone.
Pastor Stephen has been very successful in the breeding shed all across Europe with a more than 70 percent rate of his foals making it to the races, all despite the fact that he was held up in a court case and lost two full breeding seasons.
With his progeny making a good impact early on the European breeding scene, American interests had fixed their eyes on the Grand Circuit superstar. They entered into an agreement in early 2018 to purchase Pastor Stephen and bring him back to North America. However, there were disagreements in connection with the purchase contract, and after almost two years of legal fighting, the case was finally heard in the Uppsala District Court, Sweden. The case has now been resolved with the American interests winning the case.
Pastor Stephen has now arrived back in the USA.
“He was a really good gaited colt,” said Hall of Fame trainer Jimmy Takter. “An easy horse to be around and to race. He was top three of his class as a 3-year-old. Unfortunately, he got injured in a transport incident before the Hambletonian where he finished third in his elimination and fifth in the final from post 10. After that a coffin bone injury put an end to his career in the USA and was sold to Europe. I am glad he is back in the USA. He will be a big asset to the Indiana breeding industry as he is the full brother to Father Patrick; as a matter of fact I reserved two breeding rights to Pastor Stephen myself.”
Pastor Stephen, recently purchased by Taylor Made Stallions, adding to their exceptional group of Standardbred stallions, What The Hill, Lazarus N and Lather Up. Pastor Stephen will no doubt enrich the Taylor Made Standardbred stallion portfolio with influence throughout the breeding world.
Pastor Stephen will be standing at Premier Acres in Indiana for a fee of $7,500. Dennis Bontrager of Premier Acres says he is really excited about Pastor Stephen standing in Indiana. For the first time, he says, Indiana breeders have a chance to breed to the best ever and most high profile stallion to stand in Indiana. For inquiries phone Dennis Bontrager at 260.585.4927.