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Jade Hunter withdrawn from stud duties

JADE HUNTER, best known as the sireof outstanding racemare Azeri, has been retired from stud duties.

The 25-year-old son of Mr Prospector had been standing at Questroyal Stud in New York at a fee of $5,000 for the past three seasons.

A winner of theDonn Handicap and Gulfstream Park Handicap, he was initially retired to stand for Allen Paulson and the Allen Paulson Living Trust at Brookside Farm in Versailles, Kentucky, and was later transferred to  Hill 'n' Dale Farms in Lexington, also inKentucky.

He had also shuttled to Woodlands Stud in Australia and Redoubt Park in New Zealand.

Jade Hunter is the sire of 509 winners, 46 of whom are stakes winners, from 709 runners.

Azeri, bred and owned by Paulson and trained by D. Wayne Lukas to win 11 Grade 1 races between 2002 and 2004, is easily the most stellar performer to feature among his progeny, but he also has two other Grade 1 winners, Yagli and Stuka, a champion sire in Chile, tohis name.

As a broodmare sire, Jade Hunter's most notable achievement is Arlington Million winner Kicken Kris.

The Allen Paulson Living Trust has donated Jade Hunter to Old Friends, a retirement home for thoroughbreds in Georgetown, Kentucky.




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