Texas Breeder Hangs His Dreams on Whiskey Echo

Whether due to luck or divine intervention, graded-placed winner Whiskey Echo seemed destined to become the first stallion Glynn Parent Jr. would stand at his 40-acre farm southwest of Houston.

Parent had just started building a modest broodmare band and, after going through a breeding season of boarding bills and stud fees, decided owning a stallion might make sense for a homespun operation.

He began his stallion prospect search in the $7,500-$10,000 claiming ranks at Lone Star Park but got the notion during his research to look in the $20,000-$30,000 price range, figuring the limited amount of racing offered because of the ongoing COVID-19 epidemic might makes some higher-class horses more reasonable. Parent’s instincts led him to Whiskey Echo, a 4-year-old son of Tiznow out of the unraced Stormy Atlantic  mare Atala, whose female line traces back to Broodmare of the Year Courtly Dee.

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Don Alberto bred Whiskey Echo in Kentucky and sold him as a yearling for $225,000 at the 2017 Keeneland September Yearling Sale to Ron Winchell, who put the colt into the hands of trainer Steve Asmussen.

At 2, Whiskey Echo broke his maiden at first asking and in his next start ended third in the Sanford Stakes (G3).

He finished his juvenile campaign with a second in the Ellis Park Juvenile Stakes.

The colt didn’t keep his form at 3, however, and slid into the claiming ranks by the fall of his sophomore year. He would be offered as a racing prospect at the 2019 Keeneland November Breeding Stock Sale, where he sold for $30,000 to KDE Equine out of Gainesway’s consignment.

Whiskey Echo will enter stud next year at Parent’s Fastest Time Wins Farm near the small community of Guy, which is about an hour drive southwest of downtown Houston and immediately south of Rosenberg in Fort Bend County. He’ll stand for $1,500.

Parent understands, too, that making a stallion with five mares is a longshot, but he said he cannot ignore the potential he sees in Whiskey Echo.

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