Dell thought the stallion should be retired and his foals could take over where he left off.
Any colt or filly who wins a Classic is likely to be much sought after as a stallion or brood mare.
The main advantage is that the best stallion for your mare can be used irrespective of location.
The mare must foal in British Columbia and be bred back to a stallion standing in the province.
The current roster has more than 50 stallions breeding on five continents.
The biggest risk is that almost the entire population is the product of as few as three stallions from the founder group.
Reproductive maturity is reached only at two to three years in mares and four to five years in stallions .
Sadler's Wells, one of the most successful ever stallions , was bred at Sangster's Swettenham Stud.
Darley Stud has boosted the stud fees of three of its stallions for the 2004 breeding season.
I was pleased to have several readers tell me they enjoyed reading my piece about the heavy horse stallions and the routes they followed in days gone by.