Vitorio, owned by Janey Morse of Oak Ridge Arabians, will stand at Michałów State Stud in Poland for the 2014 and 2015 breeding season. Michałów has used numerous stallions recently from the US, but only via frozen semen. This will mark the first time a US stallion will stand at Michałów since Monogramm. The multiple US National Champion son of DA Valentino Vitorio was used for the first time last season with frozen semen, leaving three foals at Michałów and one at Białka. The foals showed a consistent upright, well set necks, large eyes and abundance of type. This initial success prompted Director Jerzy Białobok to inquire about bringing the stallion to Poland for a more concentrated siring effort.
Vitorio's pedigree also played an important role in this decision. Urzula Białobok, former Breeding Manager and wife of Director Białobok, explains, "I was so pleased with the foals that were born this year by Vitorio, when I heard that Janey Morse and David Boggs were coming to farm I kept telling Jerzy,' Ask them, ask them!' I wanted to see if we could bring Vitorio here. We already have so many stallions from Saklawi I sire line, it was exciting to have an outcross sire line. But what really convinced me was there is little piece of Michałów blood in his pedigree from the mares Dagmara and Daszawa. I am a Polish patriot, so this made me love him even more! In the end, I am very, very happy!"
This will mark the first time a sire of the Mirage sire line will stand in Poland. Vitorio is out of the Solstice daughter Sol Natique of predominately Polish blood. Oak Ridge Arabians and Midwest Arabians are extremely excited about this new partnership, and the future for Vitorio TO as a sire. We have every faith that Vitorio can follow in the steps of the previous greats used in Poland; Palas, Monogramm, and Gazal Al Shaqab.