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Grade 1 Winner You Drive I Fly To Spring Hill Farms For 2022

Grade 1 winner You Drive I Fly will begin his stallion career at Louisiana Center for Equine Reproduction in Opelousas in 2019.

OPELOUSAS, LA—NOVEMBER 29, 2021—LQHBA Louisiana Million Futurity(RG1) winner You Drive I Fly will stand the 2022 breeding season at Spring Hill Farms in Kaplan, Louisiana. His first foals will race in 2022.

You Drive I Fly's fee will remain $2,000, however breeders who book by February 15, 2022 can an take advantage of a discount to $1,250. Consideration to approved and multiple mare bookings is also available.

Trained by AQHA Racing Champion trainer Kenneth Roberts, Sr. and campaigned by his owner-breeders Richard and Janelle Simon of Zachary, Louisiana, You Drive I Fly was the leading money earning 2-year-old colt in the nation in 2017.

"We are excited to have the opportunity to stand You Drive I Fly," said Spring Hill Farms' owner David Dunn said. "He's an outstanding indivudal who proved himself at the track and is from a proven sire-line family. He makes a great addition to our roster."

You Drive I Fly, under jockey Donald Watson, winning the $1,000,000 LQHBA Louisiana Million Futurity(RG1) at Evangeline Downs. © Coady Photography
As a 2-year-old, You Drive I Fly won four of five career starts including the $1 million LQHBA Louisiana Million Futurity at Evangeline Downs. Prior to the Louisiana Million victory, he finished second in his only loss in the $705,495 Lee Berwick Futurity(RG1) after getting bumped at the start. He has earned $590,134.

"He was a good, solid, honest horse. Gave you 110% effort every time," Roberts said. "He was such an easy going horse to deal with mentally, and such a big and impressive looking horse physically."

Following a successful surgery to remove chips from one knee following his 2-year-old campaign, You Drive I Fly's connections made the decision to retire him.

A $30,000 repurchase in the 2016 LQHBA Yearling Sale, You Drive I Fly is by Jet Black Patriot out of Shakemupperry, an unraced daughter of leading sire Mr Jess Perry. She is the dam of 4 ROM winners from four starters including restricted Grade 1 winner You Drive I Fly SI 98 (see above), Madame Bijoux SI 95 ($39,980), Shake Em Ike SI 94 ($39,980), etc.

Grade 1 winner You Drive I Fly in the $1,000,000 LQHBA Louisiana Million Futurity(RG1) at Evangeline Downs.
© Coady Photography
The second dam is the stakes-producing First Down Dash mare Shake Em Dash, a half-sister to AQHA Racing Champion 2-year-old filly Shake The Bank SI 105 ($372,585) and Grade 1 winner and multiple stakes sire Royal Shake Em SI 103 ($257,009).

The third dam, Sake Em Six, a half-sister to Dash For Cash Futurity(G1) winner Special Shake SI 103 ($478,645), by Streakin Six was the 1996 Broodmare of the Year. This is the family of stakes winner SF Royal Bank SI 100 ($359,327), Jumpn Shake SI 112 ($182,299), etc.

Richard and Janell Simon also bred and raced You Drive I Fly's sire, multiple Grade 1 winner Jet Black Patriot SI 110 ($876,921). The son of Game Patriot has sired 344 winners, 59 black type, earners in excess of $15.5 million with average earnings per starter of more than $26,600.

For additional information or breeding contracts call David Dunn at (817) 807-3154.

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