Southern Phantom to Enter Stud in Virginia at Mountain View Equine Hospital

The 4-year-old son of Bodemeister will stand at Mountain View Equine Hospital.

Southern Phantom, the 4-year-old son of Bodemeister  who commands attention because of his predominately white head, is moving on to a career as a stallion.

Owners Danny and Allison Caldwell will stand Southern Phantom with Dr. Wynne DiGrassie at Mountain View Equine Hospital near Steeles Tavern, Va., which is 15 minutes from the Virginia Horse Park.

 “We immediately knew Dr. DiGrassie was the perfect fit, as she shares the same passion and vision we have for Phantom’s future,” the Caldwells shared on Twitter. “We felt getting him located back east was an incredible opportunity to reach the wide variety of mares interested.”

Southern Phantom will stand at Mountain View Equine Hospital in Steeles Tavern, Virginia

Southern Equine Stables bred Southern Phantom, who got his name in a competition from Mary Beth Woods of Shreveport, La. She said the colt reminded her of “The Phantom of the Opera.”

The colt made 10 starts from 2 to 4 in New York, Texas, Oklahoma, and Arkansas but managed two third-place finishes at best. The Caldwells bought Southern Phantom for $20,000 at the 2019 Keeneland November Breeding Stock Sale.

Southern Phantom is out of the Bernardini  daughter Out for Revenge, making him a full brother to stakes-placed winner Stronger. His second dam, Castanea, is a half sister to group 1 winner Minardi, grade 2 winner and sire Tale of the Cat , and stakes winner Spunoutacontrol, who is the dam of Fed Biz.

Dr. Wynne DiGrassie owns Mountain View, which is located in Augusta County near the Horse Center in Lexington.


Southern Phantom retired October 20, 2020. This piece was written by Mary Rampellini at that time and appeared on the Southern Phantom Fans facebook page.

Southern Phantom failed to win in 10 starts but could still have a stud career ahead of him. Southern Phantom, the uniquely marked son of Bodemeister who commanded the attention of cameras from New York to Arkansas to Texas to Oklahoma, has been retired from racing, owner Danny Caldwell said.

Caldwell purchased Southern Phantom at auction as a racing prospect. The horse made three starts for the barn, with his best effort a fifth-place finish in a maiden special weight at Lone Star Park. Southern Phantom finished seventh at the same level in his last start, which came Sept. 16 at Remington. Overall, he ran 10 times, starting his career in New York.

“He was too spoiled to be a racehorse,” Caldwell said. “The last race, we couldn’t get him pulled up. He was going back to the barn – going to get treats. He’s pretty smart. I decided there’s no sense keeping him on the track – even though he loved it. He loved to train. He just has a mind of his own.”

Southern Phantom, a bay with an almost entirely white head, large splashes of white on his legs, and a blue eye, is currently being let down at WestWin Farms in Purcell, Okla. Although he retires a maiden, Caldwell is currently debating the best locale to stand the horse at stud – for a career that would reach beyond racing and into the show horse community.

“A lot of venues are interested because of his color and conformation,” Caldwell said. “Where the most interest is generated, we’ll see where that’s at. It could be Oklahoma.”

Mountain View has been in business 17 years and is 63 acres.

Caldwell said plans are to register Southern Phantom as a Paint, a process that he had started before the pandemic hit. He also has had blood tests taken on the horse through the University of California, Davis. They show Southern Phantom likely will pass along his coloring to his offspring and “quite often,” Caldwell said.

“As of now, we plan on keeping him and just figuring out where he would work best, what would be best for him,” Caldwell said. “I can’t wait to see his babies.”