Denis Of Cork retired
to Vinery Florida
DENIS Of Cork, third in the 2008 Kentucky Derby to Big Brown, has been retired and will stand the upcoming season at Vinery in Florida. A fee of $2,500 has been set for the five-year-old son of Harlan's Holiday.
Denis Of Cork emerged as a creditable Kentucky Derby contender after taking his first three races, including the Grade 3 Southwest Stakes. He rebounded from a dull fifth in the Grade 2 Illinois Derby to run third of 20 at Churchill Downs and then second to Da' Tara in what turned out to be his final start inthe Belmont Stakes.
"Denis of Cork showed a lot of class on the racetrack," said Tom Ludt, president of Vinery. "He won three races, including a Graded stakes, and placed in two Classics in only six starts. He's by a stallion who continues to prove himself, and we are very pleased to stand him."
Injury kept Denis Of Cork off the track following the Belmont. He recently returned to training with David Carroll in preparation for 2010 campaign but was forced into retirement after suffering a soft tissue injury in January.
A $250,000 two-year-old purchase by Mike Ryan at the 2007 Barretts March two-year-olds Sale in California, Denis Of Cork is a out of the placed Unbridled mare Unbridled Girl and from the family of Da'Tara. He is the fourth stallion to join Vinery's Florida roster this season following Benny The Bull, J Be K and Maimonides.