Tyree Wolesensky’s Leadem Farm in Gainesville, Texas, welcomes two new stallions for the 2020 breeding season with Aikenite and Leadem in Ken. Aikenite will stand for a fee of $3,000 and Leadem in Ken $2,000 as property of Tyree Wolesensky.
Aikenite, who stood last season at the famed Calumet Farm in Kentucky, brings in a race record that includes a pair of Grade 2 wins in the Commonwealth Stakes and the Churchill Downs Stakes. The son of Yes It’s True banked $875,385 in 24 starts while also earning placings in six other graded stakes, three of them at the Grade 1 level.
Through mid-October, Aikenite has sired the earners of more than $1.2 million with four stakes horses, including multiple graded stakes-placed Pony Up. Aikenite is out of a Saint Ballado mare.
The versatile Leadem in Ken will stand his first season at stud after a career on the track that included 15 wins and earnings of $445,203 in 40 starts. A winner going long and short and on the dirt and turf, the son of Sky Mesa earned his first stakes win at age 4 and then rounded out his resume with stakes wins at age 8 and 9, including in his final career start in the Stonerside Sprint Stakes this past January at Sam Houston Race Park.
Bred by Ken and Sarah Ramsey, Leadem in Ken is out of the Catienus mare Last Kitten, whose dam Kitten’s First produced multiple Grade 1 winners Precious Kitten and Kitten’s Joy, the latter being a champion grass horse and leading sire.
Tyree and Bob Wolesensky are excited about the opportunity to be a part of the Texas breeding and racing industry and to stand two very versatile and durable stallions who had successful racing careers that spanned several seasons.