Stallion Spotlight offers stud farm representatives a chance to address breeders and answer questions as they plan their future matings.
In this edition, Dr. Jerry Bilinski of Waldorf Farm in North Chatham, N.Y., discusses Bustin Stones, a veteran son of City Zip whose runners of note include Grade 3 winner Hot Stones.
Ch. h., 2004, City Zip x Shesasurething, by Prospectors Gamble
Race Record: 6-6-0-0; $480,150
Advertised Fee: $2,500
Question: What makes Bustin Stones an attractive stallion for potential breeders?
Dr. Jerry Bilinski: Bustin Stones is entering his 13th year of stud duty in New York Sate. He is a Grade 1 Carter Handicap and G2 General George Handicap winner coming from an undefeated racing career, which included a total of five stakes victories leading his competitors at each point of call. He was never headed. Besides being an attractive stallion, he produces well-conformed, beautiful foals with a lot of chrome.
If I’ve got a mare that needs help from a stallion physically, what can Bustin Stones best contribute to that equation?
Bilinski: He will improve upon your mare’s conformation faults by leaps and bounds. He is the most gentle and easy to work with stallion I have ever stood. He passes this attribute onto his progeny.
What would someone looking to capture the City Zip line find familiar in Bustin Stones?
Bilinski: He produces winners like City Zip. Class and his hard-knocking race style.
Bustin Stones has been at stud in New York since 2009. To what do you attribute his long-term success in the state?
Bilinski: Bustin Stones’ syndicate members enjoy racing, and race most of his progeny; thereby cementing his progeny’s success at the race track.
How would you describe the typical fully-matured Bustin Stones runner, both in terms of physical and running style?
Bilinski: Dynamite hind-ends. His progeny’s running style is “Go to the lead and improve your position.”
What have the best Bustin Stones foals done to separate themselves from the rest?
Bilinski: They’ve won stakes. Bustin Stones is among the national top 15 sires by black type horses/runners in 2021, at 12 percent. Last weekend, Bustin Stones’ offspring won a stakes race at Laurel Park and placed at a stakes race in Gulfstream Park.
What are some of the crosses that you’ve found to be most effective in creating a successful Bustin Stones runner?
Bilinski: A few crosses that we have found to be most effective in creating a successful Bustin Stones runner would include Freud mares/Storm Cat sire line. That being said, we have gotten excellent results from numerous crosses.
Where have you found the Bustin Stones runners have excelled the most on the track, both in terms of distance and surface?
Bilinski: Bustin Stones’ runners have excelled the most on the track at six furlongs on all surfaces.
What’s something about Bustin Stones that you think goes overlooked?
Bilinski: Bustin Stones’ success gets overlooked by many. Richard Migliore, an Eclipse Award-winning jockey, put it best: “He is the most underrated stallion in the country.”
What makes Bustin Stones a value in his price bracket?
Bilinski: Bustin Stones is a value in his price bracket by starting with $2,500 stud fee. His progeny’s average earnings per runner is $80,000, equaling 32 times the stud fee.
What else should readers know before picking up the phone?
Bilinski: Bustin Stones is the “go-to horse” if you want to win races and breeder’s awards. As a stallion in this business, Bustin Stones is as fertile as you can be. We have had several mares who were not able to get in foal to other stallions, but ended successfully in-foal to Bustin Stones.