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Officer's sire Bertrando retired from stud duty

LEADING California sire Bertrando has been retired from stud duty at the age of 22. The son of Skywalker stood the 2011 season at Ballena Vista Farm in California for $8,000.

He will spend his retirement at River Edge Farm in California, where he stood until the farm ceased stallion operations last year.

Bred in California by Ed Nahem, Bertrando was named the American outstanding older male of 1993 following a season in which he won the Grade 1 Woodward Stakes, Grade 1 Pacific Classic Stakes and Grade 2 San Fernando Stakes.

He was also a high-class two-year-old, winning the Grade 1 Norfolk Stakes and running a distant second to Arazi in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile. He retired to stud in 1995 as the winner of $3,185,610 in earnings.

Bertrando enjoyed a successful stallion career, siring 53 stakes winners led by Grade 1 scorers Bilo, Officer, Karelian and Unfurl the Flag.

Officer emulated his sire by developing into a top-class juvenile for Bob Baffert, the highlight of his career coming when he was successful in the 2001 Grade 1 Champagne Stakes. He was a top five leading first-season sire in 2006 and sired Grade 1 winner Boys At Toscanova as well as Grade 2 winner Elite Squadron, now a stallion at Wintergreen Stallion Station in Kentucky, before his sale to Korea.

 

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