Undefeated Racehorse and Leading Sire
Kantharos rocketed his way to the top of East Coast prospects in 2010 under the Stonestreet silks. He romped to an 11 ¾ length debut win at Churchill Downs, followed by a 9 ½ length victory in the G3 Bashford Manor and a 7 ¼ length win in the G2 Saratoga Special before retiring undefeated to Ocala Stud.
Hall of Fame trainer Steve Asmussen said of Kantharos, “[he] is a beautiful horse with great action and brilliance. He had limitless potential. He is passing on his superior looks and ability to his offspring and I am very proud of his success.”
His success in Florida earned him the title of Leading Sire in Florida by earnings in 2016, with 4 stakes winners and 26 winners of that year. His success prompted a move from Ocala Stud to Hill ‘n’ Dale Farms in Lexington, where he now stands for $20,000. Kantharos’ top performers to date include stakes winners Yorkiepoo Princess, Mr. Jordan, Cajun Delta Dawn, Bucchero, Ancient Secret, G1 Carter Handicap winner World of Trouble, and millionaire X Y Jet. The highlight of X Y Jet’s many graded stakes victories came in the 2019 G1 Dubai Golden Shaheen.
“Kantharos’ rise to prominence has been nothing short of remarkable,” said Hill ‘n’ Dale President John G. Sikura. “He was an exceptionally promising racehorse who has been siring very precocious, quality runners. An undefeated Multiple Graded Stakes winner at two, he won his three career starts by a combined 28 1/2 lengths.”
“He is a very well-made horse who is throwing attractive, athletic runners as witnessed by a $550,000 OBS March two-year-old. One of his most appealing qualities is his ability to vastly move his mares up. Bill Oppenheim described him as the ‘best value on the planet’.”