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Complexity to Airdrie Stud; 2021 Fees Announced

The 2018 Champagne Stakes (G1)-winning son of Maclean's Music to enter stud in 2021.

Complexity wins the Kelso Handicap at Belmont Park

Complexity wins the Kelso Handicap at Belmont Park

Coglianese Photos/Joe Labozzetta

Klaravich Stables' Complexity , the anticipated morning-line favorite for either the Breeders' Cup Sprint (G1) or Big Ass Fans Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile (G1), will stand stud at Brereton and Elizabeth Jones' Airdrie Stud upon his retirement from racing, the farm announced Oct. 15.

Trained throughout his career by leading conditioner Chad Brown, Complexity won his 2-year-old debut at Saratoga Race Course by 4 1/4 lengths in 1:09.78. Made the favorite for the Champagne Stakes (G1) in his second start, Complexity led every step of the way through fractions of :22.51, :45.31, and 1:09.40 en route to a three-length victory. His final time of 1:34.63 trails only Uncle Mo 's performance in 2010—by .12 seconds—in the last 35 runnings of the stallion-making race that also counts Jackie's Warrior, Tiz the Law, Scat Daddy, Daredevil , Union Rags , Maria's Mon, First Samurai , Dehere, Easy Goer, and Forty Niner among its winners since 1987.

Though a quarter crack partially derailed his sophomore campaign, Complexity still managed to run one of the fastest Ragozin numbers of his 3-year-old crop when earning a 3 in a dominant 7 1/4-length win against older horses at Aqueduct Racetrack. As a 4-year-old in 2020, Complexity has once again returned to top form. Following an impressive allowance-level victory over the talented Win Win Win at Belmont Park, Complexity set blistering fractions of :44.63 and 1:08.90 amid a blinding rainstorm in the Forego Stakes Presented by America's Best Racing (G1) at Saratoga. While he put away his rival pacesetters, it was Win Win Win who caught him in the final jumps after coming from last in the field. In his most recent start, Complexity stamped himself as a Breeders' Cup favorite with a sensational 2 1/4-length win over multiple grade 1 winner Code of Honor in the Kelso Handicap (G2). His time of 1:33.82 was good for a 110 Beyer Speed Figure, marking the highest number earned by any horse at a mile or longer in 2020.

Bred in Kentucky by Stonestreet Thoroughbred Holdings, Complexity is sired by the hot young stallion Maclean's Music . His dam, Goldfield, counts three black-type horses from five to race, including Valadorna, the winner of the Hilliard Lyons Doubledogdare Stakes (G3) and a narrow second in the 14 Hands Winery Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies (G1). A $375,000 Keeneland September Yearling Sale purchase by leading buyer Mike Ryan, Complexity was the most expensive yearling from any of the early crops of Maclean's Music.

"Complexity is a very rare horse that has been No. 1 at every stage of his life," Brown said. "He was the most expensive yearling by his sire, the most highly regarded 2-year-old at Stonestreet, and, by far, our stable's best colt of his crop. He's an exceptional talent."

Added Airdrie's Bret Jones; "We are extremely grateful to Seth Klarman and Chad Brown for the opportunity to stand Complexity. His résumé is that of a sensational stallion prospect. He was a brilliantly precocious Champagne winner that has trained on to run the highest speed figure of any horse in America at a mile or more. He's by a truly ascendant sire that looks to have every chance to be important, he's from a top-class Stonestreet female family, he was purchased by one of the all-time great judges in Mike Ryan, and his talents are revered by one of the all-time great trainers in Chad Brown. Our hope is that he will be Mr. Klarman's next Breeders' Cup winner, and we are committed to giving him tremendous mare support in working to make him a great Airdrie stallion."

Complexity will stand for $12,500 for any contract signed and returned before this year's Breeders' Cup.

Cairo Prince at Airdrie Stud 6.04.15.
Photo: Matt Wooley/EquiSport Photos
Cairo Prince, one of the leading third-crop sires in the country, will stand for $15,000 for 2021

Airdrie also announced the entirety of its 2021 fees.

"In keeping with what should always be the goal of any stallion farm, we feel we have priced our stallions where breeders have the opportunity to profit in the sales ring and help their mare produce Saturday horses," Bret Jones said. "We are extremely proud of our young roster that includes Cairo Prince , the leading third-crop sire by stakes winners, stakes horses, graded stakes winners, and graded stakes horses; Upstart , who is currently the No. 1 first-crop sire in America by winners and is equaled only by Maclean's Music with his four 80+ Beyer performances by his 2-year-olds among all stallions; and Summer Front , who is outpaced only by American Pharoah  and Constitution  with three graded stakes winners from his first crop of 3-year-olds. All three of these leading young stallions began their stallion careers at a fee of $10,000 and we feel demonstrate the success that comes from the tremendous support they receive from Airdrie and our incredible, loyal breeders. Our grade 1 sires Creative Cause  and Include  have come from similarly humble beginnings to become successful, proven stallions, and we could not be more bullish on our young roster that includes Collected , Preservationist , McCraken , American Freedom , Divisidero , and, of course, our new stallion, Complexity. As always, we look forward to the upcoming season and helping the wonderful breeders that make our sport happen in any way we can."

Airdrie Stud 2021 Fees*
Stallion
2021 Fee
2020 Fee
American Freedom
$6,000
$10,000
Cairo Prince
$15,000
$25,000
Collected
$17,500
$17,500
Complexity
$12,500
NEW
Creative Cause
$7,500
$15,000
Divisidero
$5,000
$7,500
Include
$5,000
$7,500
McCraken
$6,000
$10,000
Preservationist
$10,000
$10,000
Summer Front
$10,000
$10,000
Upstart
$10,000
$10,000

*All fees on stands and nurses terms. As in prior years, 5% discount applies for payment by Nov 1 of year bred, on LF terms