Stallion Spotlight Presented By New York Thoroughbred Breeders Inc.: Venezuelan Hug ‘The Best-Kept Secret In New York’ by Joe Nevills|05.21.202305.21.2023|1:08pm9:09am Venezuelan Hug at Mill Creek Farm on March 4, 2022. Stallion Spotlight offers stud farm representatives a chance to address breeders and answer questions as they plan their future matings. In this edition, Anne Morgan of Mill Creek Farm discusses Venezuelan Hug, a Grade 3-winning son of Constitution whose first foals are arriving this year. Venezuelan Hug Gr. or ro. h., 2017, Constitution x Downtown Diva, by Giant's Causeway Race Record: 10-6-0-1; $252,830 Advertised Fee: $2,500 Venezuelan Hug Question: What makes Venezuelan Hug an attractive stallion for prospective breeders? Anne Morgan, Mill Creek Farm: He fits all types of mares. If I've got a mare lacking in a physical aspect, what can Venezuelan Hug best contribute to that equation? Morgan: He adds size, bone, and athleticism. What would a breeder looking to capture the Constitution/Tapit sire line find familiar in Venezuelan Hug? Morgan: His great attitude and looks. What do you see in Venezuelan Hug that might have come from his broodmare sire, Giant's Causeway? Morgan: Size and bone. What are some of the common traits you are seeing among Venezuelan Hug's first crop of foals? Morgan: They're smart, balanced, and correct. A Venezuelan Hug filly out of the Midshipman mare Positively Jean. What are some of the crosses that you think have produced the most attractive foals, or which crosses are you most excited to see Venezuelan Hug try? Morgan: He really fits with any mare, which is nice. What do you think makes Venezuelan Hug a good fit for the New York program? Morgan: He's got a good race record, and he's a son of Constitution, who is very popular. What race do you think best displays Venezuelan Hug's ability on the racetrack? Morgan: Any of them. He never gave up, and he tried every time. What is something about Venezuelan Hug that you think goes overlooked? Morgan: People think he's only turf. [Trainer] Danny Gargan said he was just as good on dirt. What else should breeders know about Venezuelan Hug before picking up the phone? Morgan: He's the best-kept secret in New York. With his ability as a racehorse and his exceptional breeding, he could be a future top stallion.