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Artax - Gulfstream Park - Breeders' Cup Sprint

Artax, a top-class son of Marquetry, wins the Breeders' Cup Sprint

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Florida speed influence Marquetry retired

STONEWALL'S stallion Marquetry, sire of Breeders' Cup Sprint winners Artax and Squirtle Squirt, has been retired from stud duty due to declining fertility at the age of 23.

He was standing his first year at Stonewall Florida having resided at their Kentucky Farm for the previous four seasons.

The sonof Conquistador Cielo is the first foal out of the Vice Regent mare Regent's Walk, and a half-brother to the triple Group 1-placed sprinter Spain Lane.

Marquetry began his racing career in England when trained by Guy Harwood, winning his debut then finishing second to Karinga Bay in the Washington Singer Stakes at two.

In the care of Bobby Frankel as a four-year-old, he took three Grade 1s including the 1991 Hollywood Gold Cup, retiring with earnings of $2,857,886.

Known as a source of speed, Marquetry has sired 35 stakes winners, 45 stakes-placed runners, and progeny earnings of $37.3 million. His sons Artax, in 1999, and Squirtle, in 2001, each won an Eclipse Award as top sprinter.

Stonewall Farm Ocala general manager Greg Kemplin said: "Marquetry has always been a favorite of ours here at Stonewall. We have decided this is in the best interest of the stallion. His health is outstanding, and it is our objective to keephim in good health and enjoying the rest of his days."

 

 

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