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Spendthrift acquires Wilburn and Victor's Cry

GRADE 1 winner Victor's Cry and Grade 2 winner Wilburn have both been retired from racing and purchased by B. Wayne Hughes' Spendthrift Farm.

Wilburn will stand at the Lexington-based farm in 2012, while Victor's Cry will join Breeders' Cup champion Court Vision at Michael Byrne's Park Stud in Ontario, Canada, for the 2012 breeding season.

"We're excited to offer Wilburn and Victor's Cry through our popular Share The Upside program," said Spendthrift Farm stallion director Ken Wilkins. "Both are very talented racehorses and grand-looking individuals by two of the hottest sires in the world."

Wilburn is the first son of leading second-crop sire Bernardini to retire to stud. The imposing three-year-old colt won five races, including the $300,000 Smarty Jones Stakes and Grade 2 Indiana Derby.

He won the latter by nearly five lengths, defeating Preakness Stakes winner Shackelford and multiple Grade 1 winner and Breeders' Cup victor Caleb's Posse.Wilburn is a $625,000 sale-topping two-year-old and hails from the graded stakes winner and multiple Graded stakes-producer, Moonlight Sonata.

Victor's Cry is a multiple Graded stakes winner and
Grade 1-winning miler by leading sire Street Cry. His finest hour came with victory in the 2010 Shoemaker Mile at Hollywood Park.

He also captured the Citation Handicap at Hollywood and was runner-up in the Grade 1 Eddie Read Handicap at Del Mar last year. He retires with six wins and earnings of $762,021.

Stud fees for all Spendthrift stallions, including Wilburn and Victor's Cry, will be announced soon.





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