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Desert Party - Dubai - March 25 2009

Desert Party: last year's UAE 2,000 Guineas winner has been retired and will enter stud at Darley at Jonabell in Kentucky next season

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Desert Party heading to Jonabell in 2011

USA: Last year's UAE Derby runner-up Desert Party has been retired to stud after sustaining a soft-tissue injury.

The four-year-old son of Street Cry, winner of the Grade 2Sanford Stakes at Saratoga for former trainer Eoin Harty as a juvenile, will join Darley's Jonabell Farm operation in Lexington, Kentucky.

"I always liked this horse, he always showed class, I thought this year he'd be ready to win a Group 1," said trainer Saeed Bin Suroor, speaking to the Daily Racing Form.

Winner of the UAE 2,000 Guineas at Nad Al Sheba in 2009, Desert Party was quietly fancied for that year's Kentucky Derby, where he suffered a bone chip in his near-fore ankle.

After surgery, he won in Group 3 company at Meydan this year before finishingout of the frame in the Godolphin Mile.

Back in the States, his final start was a win in a handicap at Philadelphia Park in June, after which he was being prepared for Sunday's Grade 1 Vanderbilt when injury struck.

"Everything was good, he was in good form," added Bin Suroor. "When he won last time, he was very good. Sadly, the horse got injured and it came now at the end of the season where he is not going to make it back thisyear so we decided to retire him."

Desert Party will be the third son of Street Cry to stand at Darley at Jonabell alongside his sire following Kentucky Derby winner Street Sense and Grade 1-winning sprinter Street Boss.

A $2.1 million sale-topping two-year-old when purchased by John Ferguson at the 2008 Fasig-Tipton Calder Sale, Desert Party is out of the Tabasco Cat mare Sage Cat.




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