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Papa Clem: the son of Smart Strike finished fourth in the Kentucky Derby

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Papa Clem retired to stud in California

PAPA CLEM, winner of last year's Grade 2 Arkansas Derby and fourth in the Kentucky Derby, will begin his stallion career at Pete Parrella's Legacy Ranch in California this year.

He will be syndicated into $25,000 shares and will stand at a fee of $7,500.

A son of Smart Strike, Papa Clem was bred by his owner Bo Hirsch out of Grade 1 Del Mar Debutante Stakes heroine Miss Houdini.

Hirsch and Parella will share a controlling interest in the horse, with prominent California breeders Madeleine Auerbach, Tom Bachman, Brian Boudreau and Don Valpredo coming on board as shareholders.

Papa Clem won the Grade 2 San Fernando Stakes at Santa Anita earlier this month, but sustained an ankle injury in the days after the race, which prompted his retirement.

Parrella told the Thoroughbred Times: "The ranch is excited, but I think this is really good for California. We need something out here to get excited about, and having a new sire by Smart Strike fits."







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