Several years ago Hill 'N' Dale Farms had a dilema. Because of a recent major transaction we had more stallion seasons than mares to breed them to. The solution was to sell as many seasons as possible and attempt to create some "foal sharing" arrangements with others. Tbe result was entering into a multi year agreement with Holtsinger Inc. owners of the top broodmare PASSING MOOD.
For the Hill 'N' Dale/Holtsinger partnership, PASSING MOOD produced stakes winners-BAR U MOOD, TOUCH GOLD-G1 and DAIJIN.
DAIJIN had been offered for sale by our sales agency but we bought out the partnership when she failed to reach her sales reserve. Racing for Hill 'N' Dale, DAIJIN was a stakes winner at 3 winning the prestigious Selene S. and then running 3rd in the Test G1 at Saratoga.
As a producer, DAIJIN has been very kind to us commercially. We have also been fortunate to keep 2 A.P. INDY daughters of DAIJIN. Named HANDPAINTED and SERENADING, these 2 fillies have went on to be stakes winners.
HANDPAINTED came very close to winning Championship honours at 2 in Canada and continued her winning ways as a multiple stakes winner at 4. SERENADING was a stakes winner at 4 this season and will run again next season with very high expectations.
How does PATENA fit in to the equation? He is a 2 year-old son of SEEKING THE GOLD and HANDPAINTED. After breaking his maiden by 5 1/4 lenghts in his previous start, PATENA won the Dec. 06 Display S. ($150,000) at Woodbine Racetrack, representing the 6th stakes winner that we have bred or co-bred from this family.
"Oil Painting" a 2007 DISTORTED HUMOR filly out of HANDPAINTED, will be a part of our 2009 racing stable.