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Drosselmeyer, Mike Smith up, wins the Belmont Stakes 6.05.2010

Drosselmeyer: Belmont Stakes hero is the first American Classic winner to retire directly to stud in New York

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Drosselmeyer to
stand in New York

LAST season's Belmont Stakes winner Drosselmeyer will retire to Keane Stud in New York after making a final start in the Breeders' Cup Classic at Churchill Downs on November 5.

The four-year-old son of Distorted Humor will stand as a WinStar/Keane Stud Venture and is in the process of being syndicated by Thomas Clark Bloodstock. A limited release of shares to be sold before Drosselmeyer lines up in the Breeders' Cup, after which a fee for 2012 will be announced.

The move sees Drosselmeyer become the first American Classic winner to retire directly to stud in New York.

"Starting a young stallion prospect like Drosselmeyer in the New York market shows how serious WinStar is about our commitment to that state's emerging breeding program," said Elliott Walden, WinStar Farm President & CEO.

"Being by our champion sire Distorted Humor, we had the opportunity to follow his growth from when he was at Taylor Made as a foal. He's always been a superstar and we had to have him, which is why we purchased him for $600,000 as a yearling from Mr and Mrs Aaron Jones."

Drosselmeyer's finest moment in 2010 came at Belmont last June when he overcame Fly Down to win the Belmont Stakes. Priorto that, he had filled the frame in a trio of Grade 2 events.

Last time out, he was a two-and-a-quarter length second to Flat Out in the Grade 1 Jockey Club Gold Cupat Belmont. To date, he has earned more than $1 million in prize-money.

"Drosselmeyer is the first classic winner ever to be retired to New York, and we think it's about time," said Tom Clark of Thomas Clark Bloodstock in Lexington. "New York breeders know him well, and we believe he'll be very popular."

A son of Distorted Humor, Drosselmeyer is out of multiple Grade 1 winner Golden Ballet, a $1.4 million purchase by Coolmore at last year's  Keeneland November Sale.

 

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