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Grade 1 hero Visionaire to Crestwood Farm

LAST season's Grade 1 King's Bishop Stakes winner Visionaire will open his stud career at Pope McLean's Crestwood Farm in Kentucky.

The four-year-old son of Grand Slam was retired from racing by Team Valor and Vision Racing earlier this year following a career which yielded five wins from 12 starts.

As well as the King's Bishop Stakes, which he won by two-and-a-quarter lengths, Visionaire was also successful in the Grade 3 Gotham Stakes. He retires with earnings of $465,882.

"Visionaire is an exceptional individual and his conformation, as well as his winninga key race for a stallion prospect, has given us the confidence to stand him," said Barry Irwin of Team Valor.

"Since it was decided by the partners to stand the horse for our own account, it was vitally important to Team Valor and Vision Racing's Brandon Perry and John Stephens to place him where he would be respected for his accomplishments, and the stallion manager could be counted on for a full effort in promoting him and working with those breeders interested in using Visionaire.

"In the McLean family, we feel that we have selected the right partner for us."

Visionaire will command a first year fee of $7,500.




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