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Cosmonaut to stand at New York stud

COSMONAUT, the  highest-earning son of Lemon Drop Kid, will enter stud in 2010 at Highcliff Farm in New York. He will stand alongside Key Contender, Stonesider, Western Expression and the recently acquired Congaree at a fee of $5,000.

The seven-year-old, whose most recent start came when fourth in the Grade 2 Fourstardave Handicap, began his racing career attwo. He raced 36 times, finishing out of the first four on only seven occasions.

His record includes victories in three Grade 3 events – successive renewals of the Arlington Handicap in 2006 and 2007 and the Fort Marcy Stakes this year – and Grade 1 placings in the Shadwell Turf Mile Stakes and the Breeders' Cup Mile.

Cosmonaut was bred by Patricia Pavlish out of the Grade 2-placed Capote mare Cosmic Fire and was sold at the 2003 Keeneland September yearling sale for $105,000 to Carlos Martin as agent.

Cosmonaut's trainer Phil Serpe said: "He was what every owner and trainer could want in a racehorse. Along with pedigree, conformation and speed, he had the heart of a champion. It will be exciting to watch him pass that on to his offspring."

Highcliff manager Dr Lynwood O'Cain added: "Cosmonaut is the perfect candidate to sire a versatile racehorse either on dirt or turf."

 

 

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