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Drosselmeyer - Churchill Downs - 5/11/2011

Breeders' Cup Classic winner Drosselmeyer will stand at WinStar Farm

  PICTURE: Edward Whitaker (racingpost.com/photos)  

Drosselmeyer retired to WinStar after Classic win

BREEDERS' Cup Classic winner Drosselmeyer has been retired to stud in Kentucky and will not race again.

The four-year-old son of Distorted Humor, also winner of last year's Belmont Stakes for trainer Bill Mott, will stand alongside his sire at his owners WinStar Farm in Kentucky for a fee of $17,500.

WinStar revealed the news on Friday, abandoning plans to stand Drosselmeyer at Keane Stud in New York, or perhaps even to race him as a five-year-old after his shock Classic success.

He will stand for the 2012 breeding season at a fee of $17,500. "Drosselmeyer came out of the Classic so good that it gave us cause for pause," said WinStar president Elliott Walden.

"We knew he had what it took to be one of the top older horses in the country and I think we saw that with how he came to hand in his last two starts, so it made for a difficult decision.

"We took some time to think about all of our options, and we came to theconclusion that it was best for both Drosselmeyer and WinStar Farm to retire him and go out as a Breeders' Cup Classic champion."

Speaking on the WinStar website, Walden added: "Drosselmeyer has always been a superstar since we saw him as a weanling, and we couldn't be more proud of him showing up with his best on racing's biggest day to give WinStar our first Breeders' Cup Classic win.

 "During the Triple Crown last year, many analysts thought he gave us the best chance to win the Kentucky Derby. I will never forget Lisa Troutt walking him into the winner's circle at the Belmont.

"We're thrilled to be able to keep him at WinStar for his stud career. He retires as the most accomplished son of our leading sire Distorted Humor - and he has the looks to match his pedigree and race record."

 

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