Stallions - Gone West

It's just been such a privilege to be associated with him. When you stand stallions, your hope is to contribute to the breed, to provide a lasting impression if at all possible, and then to be financially successful, and he's done it all.
— Headley Bell

Gone West - in memoriam 1984 - 2009

Gone West

Mr. Prospector - Secrettame, by Secretariat

Gone West came to Mill Ridge Farm to begin his career in 1988, a Grade 1 winner who won or placed in seven graded stakes at 3, including the 1987 Dwyer (G1), Gotham (G2), and Withers (G2) Stakes. Bred in Kentucky by Dr. William O. Reed, Gone West sired 98 stakes winners, including Grade 1 two-time Breeders' Cup Mile Winner, Da Hoss, Breeders' Cup Turf winner Johar in 2003, champion sprinter Speightstown, Commendable, Came Home, Lassigny, Grand Slam, and West by West. In Europe, he was represented by English and French champion son Zafonic, and German champion, Royal Abjar.

Gone West was purchased at the 1985 Keeneland July yearling sale by James Mills for $1.9 million. His trainer, Woody Stephens said he would make a great stallion, and that he did. He was a quick start ranking 10th on the first-crop sires list by progeny earnings in 1991, then third on the second-crop list, then second on the third-crop list. In 1995, he ranked third on the general sires list, with progeny earnings of $5.1 million. His stud career at Mill Ridge began with an advertised fee of $40,000 and peaked at $150,000 in 2005. The success of his male line consists of 32 prominent stallion sons and grandsons who include Speightstown, Grand Slam, Mr. Greeley, Elusive Quality, Proud Citizen, Western Winter and leading French sire Zamindar.

He is buried next to Diesis at Mill Ridge Farm.