Alliance, a 3-year-old half-brother to two-time champion grass mare Tepin and three-quarter-brother to millionaire Vyjack from the final crop of top sire Harlan’s Holiday, has arrived at Bonita Farm in Darlington, Md., to stand his first season in 2018.
Alliance is owned by Larry Karp’s Plano, Tex.-based Barlar LLC, which will support the new stallion with mares, according to Bonita Farm patriarch Bill Boniface. The decision to stand Alliance in Maryland was made in part due to the resurgence of Maryland racing, but also based on his pedigree, which has deep roots in the state.
Out of the Stravinsky mare Life Happened, whose third dam was 1996 Maryland Brood-mare of the Year Turn Capp, Alliance is from the family of Maryland-bred champions and successful sires Smoke Glacken and Disco Rico, as well as multiple graded winners Miss Slewpy, Smokey Glacken and Crown of Thorns.
Life Happened, a half-sister to Disco Rico, has produced seven named foals, four winners, led by $4,437,918-earner Tepin. The Eclipse Award-winning grass mare of 2015 and 2016 won 11 graded stakes during her four-year career, her six Grade 1 wins topped by the 2015 Breeders’ Cup Mile, and international scores in the Woodbine Mile and Queen Anne Stakes in 2016.
Vyjack is by Harlan’s Holiday’s son Into Mischief, the nation’s leading 2-year-old sire of 2016 and ranked among the nation’s top sires this year on the general and juvenile lists. In six years of competition, Vyjack has earned $1,427,600 with four graded stakes wins and seven graded stakes placings. He recorded Grade 2 wins in the Jerome at 3, Kelso at 4 and City of Hope Mile at 6, the latter in a course record 1:31.69 at Santa Anita.