Bucchero is one of four graded stakes winners for his outstanding young stallion Kantharos and the first of his sons to enter stallion duty. A $250,000 2-year-old-in-training purchase by the shrewd team at Barbara Banke’s Stonestreet Stables, Kantharos was turned over to Hall of Fame conditioner Steve Asmussen and went undefeated in a brief, but brilliant career. He won his three starts by a combined 28 ½ lengths, including the Grade 3 Bashford Manor Stakes and Grade 2 Saratoga Special Stakes
Retired to Ocala Stud in Central Florida, Kantharos sired a total of 140 foals from his first three crops, of which 109 became winners (78 percent). After siring 144 foals from his next two crops and having made a tremendous initial impression, Kantharos was relocated to Lexington, Kentucky, where he has joined fellow Stonestreet stallions Curlin and Atreides at Hill ‘n’ Dale Farm. Kantharos was well represented at the 2018 Keeneland September Yearling Sale, with six youngsters selling for an average of $105,833, some 20 times his 2016 stud fee of $5,000. At that same sale, a Kantharos full brother to Bucchero's 3/4 relative World of Trouble sold for $285,000. A son of Kantharos also fetched $190,000 to top the open session of the 2018 OBS October Sale in Ocala. Kantharos’s first Kentucky-bred crop are foals of 2018 and he will stand the 2019 breeding season for $20,000, up 33% from 2018.
Bucchero is one of five winners for his dam, a daughter of Parlay (by Mt. Livermore), a Grade 2 winner on the New York circuit. Bucchero is closely related to World of Trouble, also a son of Kantharos produced by a Valid Expectations half-sister to Bucchero. A 4 time stakes-winning sprinter, World of Trouble finished a game second in the 2018 Grade 1 Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint running a blistering 118 Beyer. He followed that up with a 109 beyer in the FTBOA Marion County Stakes and a 107 beyer in the Gulfstream Park Turf Sprint (off the turf.) He has displayed much of the same versatility as Bucchero, with stakes victory sprinting on the dirt as well as a third-place effort in the Grade 2 Tampa Bay Derby. World of Trouble’s stakes-winning half-sister Money Or Love, a veteran of 32 career starts to date, remains in training at six in 2018. A yearling full-brother to World of Trouble was sold for $285,000 at Keeneland September.
The aforementioned Parlay was sold at public auction in 2003 to Japanese interests for $250,000 carrying a foal by the outstanding broodmare sire Unbridled’s Song. That produce was named Chacharino (Jpn) and she has become the dam of five winners from as many to race in Japan, including the multiple stakes winner Adam Barows (Jpn) and Miyake (Jpn), who broke his maiden going a mile and a quarter on turf in September 2018.
Hailing from the potent Storm Cat sire line, Bucchero is bred on the same cross over Seattle Slew responsible for Grade 1 winners Raging Fever, Bluegrass Cat and Mr Sidney (turf) and Grade 3 winners Statue of Liberty and Untouched Talent, the latter being the dam of the promising young stallion Bodemeister, sire of Kentucky Derby winner Always Dreaming. Bucchero offers Florida breeders a near outcross, as only Mr. Prospector and Hail to Reason appear in duplicate deep in his pedigree.