The South African racing and breeding pulled off a notable coup when Mauritzfontein, in partnership with Wilgerbosdrift and Ridgemont Highlands, secured the services of top racehorse Digital Age for the 2022/2023 breeding season.
A son of world leading sire, and outstanding sire of sires, Invincible Spirit, Digital Age was a multiple graded stakes winner whose five career wins included a triumph in the 2020 G1 Old Forester Bourbon Turf Classic Stakes at Churchill Downs.
The Chad Brown trained colt, who won the Turf Classic at four, also showed top-class form as a three-year-old with Digital Age landing the G2 American Turf Stakes (a race won previously by outstanding sire Kitten’s Joy among others) at three and also finishing runner up in the Saratoga Derby Invitational.
Digital Age, who earned in excess of $1.263 million during his career, won five times in total, with the bay victorious in his first two starts at three.
The exciting Digital Age represents the best of all worlds as a stallion prospect -not only is he a top-class racehorse, but is a son of one of the world’s most popular and successful stallions.
Digital Age is one of more than 130 stakes winners sired by Green Desert’s G1 Haydock Park Sprint Cup winning son Invincible Spirit. Already responsible for 20 G1 winners, Invincible Spirit has already proved to be an excellent sire of sires. His once beaten, champion son Kingman rates among the best stallions in Britain, while his son I Am Invincible is currently leading the Australian General Sires List for the 2021-2022 season.
Consistently one of Australia’s top stallions, I Am Invincible also dominated the recent Inglis Premier Yearling Sale.
Not only did an I Am Invincible colt top the Premier Sale when sold for $950 000 to the bid of Coolmore’s Tom Magnier, but another colt by the same sire was knocked down for $550 000 at the 2022 Premier Yearling Sale. The son of Invincible Spirit was the most expensive stallion in Australia in 2021 when his stud fee was $220 000.
Already runner up on four occasions on the Australian General Sires List, I Am Invincible’s current tally of 75 stakes winners includes current G1 winning sprinters Home Affairs and Marabi.
From the same Green Desert male line as current boom Cape sire Querari, Digital Age also sports a stellar female line to his name.
A half-brother to last year’s G3 winning two-year-old Acer Alley, Digital Age is out of a mare by US champion, and outstanding broodmare sire, Lemon Drop Kid. The latter, a maternal grandson of Lassie Dear, sired more than 100 stakes winners and ranks as broodmare sire of more than 70 stakes winners (among the notable performers thrown by daughters of Lemon Drop Kid are the Breeders’ Cup winners Bar Of Gold and Forever Unbridled).
Digital Age, whose first three dams are by Lemon Drop Kid, Sadler’s Wells and Darshaan respectively, is out of a half-sister to a G1 winning two-year-old, in the form of Moyglare Stud Stakes winner Cursory Glance, and his fifth dam is outstanding racemare, and Epsom Oaks victress, Time Charter.