Stallion Spotlight offers stud farm representatives a chance to address breeders and answer questions as they plan their future matings.

In this edition, Bill Leak, stallion manager at Irish Hill and Dutchess Views Stallions, discusses King for a Day. The multiple stakes-winning son of Uncle Mo saw his first foals arrive in 2022.

King for a Day
B. h., 2016, Uncle Mo x Ubetwereven, by French Deputy
Race Record: 7-3-1-1; $260,550
Advertised Fee: $5,000

King for a Day

Question: What makes King for a Day an attractive stallion for potential breeders? 

Bill Leak, Irish Hill and Dutchess Views Stallions: The first thing that stands out is that he is by sire of sires Uncle Mo, but he is much, much more than that. He is an attractive combination of great speed and balance. He is a very strong individual physically and compliments his physical prowess with a wonderful disposition.

If I’ve got a mare that needs help to improve a physical aspect, what can King for a Day best contribute to that equation?

Leak: He has proven to add size to most foals. King for a Day showed great talent at two, so we expect him to contribute the traits precocity and speed to his foals.

What would a breeder looking to capture the magic of the Uncle Mo sire line find familiar in King for a Day? 

Leak: Todd Pletcher calls King for a Day a near-clone of Uncle Mo. We expect King for a Day to produce versatile individuals to run at the highest levels on any surface over any distance.

King for a Day has Grade 1 winner Mind Control close up in his family, and keeping the page active. How important to a young stallion’s appeal is a page that’s staying busy?

Leak: King for a Day comes from a very active family and we are well aware of how important that is to breeders, sellers, buyers and racers. The mares in his family continue to be bred to the top-class stallions and his family continues to strengthen.

What are some of the common traits that you’ve seen among his first weanlings?

Leak: King for A Day’s weanlings are all stamped very similar to himself and other sons of Uncle Mo. They have great balance, strong shoulders and tremendous motors.

If you had to show breeders one race to explain to them what King for a Day is all about, which one would you choose, and why? 

Leak: It would have to be the 2019 Pegasus at Monmouth. He stalked Maximum Security all around the track and when the question was asked, “who wants it more?” – the answer was King for a Day. He was the only horse to beat Maximum Security to the wire that year. His maiden win was also very impressive, he went wire to wire in his second start, going the one turn mile and a sixteenth at Belmont, beating Tacitus.

King for a Day defeats Maximum Security in the 2019 Pegasus Stakes at Monmouth Park

What is something about King for a Day that you think goes overlooked?

Leak: He was a sounder horse than his race record indicates. He had an incident that was not his doing that shortened his career.

What makes King For a Day a value in his price bracket? 

Leak: He was precocious himself, and we know the Uncle Mo line runs early (In 2020 three of the top four first-crop sires were by Uncle Mo). We expect him to be well-represented by his first crop of juveniles in 2024, which will potentially boost him commercially and give New York breeders a bonus as owner and breeders, or the option to sell at auction. While we would hate to see him leave New York, he has tremendous potential, and it is conceivable that he could be standing in Kentucky in a few years.

What else should breeders know about King for a Day before picking up the phone?  

Leak: He is a big, beautiful, ultra-talented son of Uncle Mo from a great family who is very smart with a great disposition. Breeders who have first-crop foals consistently came back to King for a Day with the same mare and others from their broodmare band as soon as they got a look at their foals.

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