Key Ranch is a family owned and operated
facility providing its services with high quality standards, backed by over 30 years of experience in Thoroughbred
breeding. Through the diversity of an exceptional stallion
roster, and the incorporation of established breeding
patterns, Key Ranch is able to provide a positive nick for
virtually any mare.
Patty’s Pride is Texas’ 2012 Champion Older
Patty's Pride was bred, born, and raised at Key Ranch for owner
and breeder Brian C. Schartz, of Kennett Square, Pennsylvania.
The exceptional filly by
Special Rate, out of Solo Rolo, ran 3rd in her first start at 2
in MSW at Lone Star Park. She won her next out in an allowance
at Louisiana Downs, and has been going strong ever since.
As a four-year-old of 2012 Patty’s Pride won or placed in 9 of
her 13 starts, including wins in the Ricks Memorial Handicap on
the turf at Remington Park, and in the Matron Stakes on the dirt
at Evangeline Downs. Also at 4, Patty scored second place
finishes in the San Jacinto Stakes at Sam Houston, and in the
Stallion Scholarship Stakes at Lone Star, and ran third in the
Fiesta Mile Stakes at Retama Park. She had previously achieved
four stakes placings at 2 and 3. Her earnings currently stand
takes the Ricks Memorial Handicap
Patty's Pride earned the title of Texas' 2012 Champion Older
Filly/Mare by a wide margin, and just missed the title of Texas
Horse of the Year literally by a head.
She was a head back of Vilao in
the Fiesta Mile Stakes, which would have given her the title.
Congratulations to owner
and breeder Brian C. Schartz, and to winning trainers Karl
Broberg, Bobby Jenkins, and Bret Calhoun.
Key Ranch Stallions
Producing a racehorse
that will win and generate profits is not always an easy task. It
requires careful planning and good management, and careful
planning begins with sound breeding choices.
Key Ranch stallions have the credentials to sire competitive and
profitable racehorses. They all were stakes-caliber 2yo runners
and/or have produced 2yo stakes horses. They all have competed at
the highest levels of racing. They all were on the track long
enough to prove their soundness and toughness. They all had the
early speed to win at 6 furlongs, and the breeding and stamina to
win at a mile or more. These qualities are important in a
racehorse, and are especially important in a sire.
Our stallions are by
design a very diverse group, both in pedigree and in physique.
Aside from the similarities mentioned above, they are all by sires
of sires, out of female lines consistent with the successful sons
of those sires, and have great physical balance. These
attributes help to establish predictability. Predictable
breeding patterns are invaluable. For the young stallions,
our breeding recommendations are primarily based upon breeding
patterns which have already been established by other, similarly
bred sons of their sires.
The selection of a stallion for any given mare should be based
upon solid reasoning. Proven nicks, inbreeding, and physical
compatibility between the mare and stallion are among the factors
that contribute to a well-constructed breeding scheme.
Further information on these topics may be found under
Breeding Recommendations and True Nicks
recommendations and/or True Nicks for your mare with any Key Ranch
stallion are always available. All recommendations are
unbiased, and are based upon extensive research and many years of
experience. Please feel free to contact us by phone, e-mail,
or by submitting a
form online. You may also simply follow the link above to obtain a
Nick for your mare with any Key Ranch stallion.
1849 Lindemann Road #900