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Stroll back in Kentucky after Italian job

GRADE 1 winner Stroll returned to Claiborne Farm in Kentucky on Sunday following a two-year stint in Italy.

Claiborne leased their homebred son of Pulpit to Azienda Agricola Mediterraneo at the beginning of last season before his first Kentucky-bred runners hit the track.

But with his first crop of foals producing seven stakes performers including Canadian champion two-year-old filly Van Lear Rose and Grade 3 Appalachian Stakes scorer Afternoon Stroll, Claiborne took the decision to return the nine-year-old to Kentucky.

Stroll covered just 11 mares at a fee of $5,000 during his final season at Claiborne in 2007. He stood his first year in Italy at a fee of €6,000, which was doubled this season to €12,000, when he covered 120 mares. A fee for 2010 will be decided at a later date.

Stroll was a top-class turf performer for Claiborne Farm, winning seven races including the Grade 1 Woodford Reserve Classic.

Out of the Group 3-placed Prince Sabo mare Maid For Walking, Stroll is a half-brother to multiple stakes winner Patrol.

 

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