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Belmont winner Sarava heads to Old Friends

SARAVA, the 2002 Belmont Stakes winner who was trained by Brian Meehan as a two-year-old, has been retired from stud duty and will take up residence at the Old Friends retirement facility in Kentucky.

The 13-year-old son of Wild Again is the first Classic winner to join Old Friends, which is also home to Gulch and French Group 1 winner Creator.

Co-owners Paul and Susan Roy and Gary Drake donated the stallion to Michael Blowen's organisation. He previously stood at Bridlewood Farm in Florida, most recently at a fee of $1,500. From five crops of racing age, he is the sire of stakes performers Gladding, a Grade 2 winner, and Sarava's Dancer.

"Sarava is the first Classic winner to retire at Old Friends," said Blowen. "We are thrilled that Gary and the Roys would trust us with his great stallion and grateful for the generous endowment. I also want to thank Midway Mayor and bloodstock agent, Tom Bozarth, for his assistance. I know Sarava's fans will love to visit him."

Sarava joined Meehan's yard when purchased on behalf of Paul and Susan Roy for $250,000 by Richard Galpin at the 2001 Fasig-Tipton February Two-year-olds in Training Sale.

He ran fourth twice in three starts as a juvenile for Meehan before switching to Ken McPeek in the US, for whom he won the Sir Barton Stakes and pulled off a 70/1 shock victory over Medaglia d'Oro in the Belmont Stakes. In behind was that year's Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes hero War Emblem.

Sarava retired as the winner of three of 17 starts and $773,832 in prize-money.




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