12/03/2013 4:57PM

Big Band Sound retired to Gulf Coast Equine in Louisiana


Grade 2 winner Big Band Sound has been retired from racing and will stand his initial season at Gulf Coast Equine in Sunset, La., for an advertised fee of $2,500 on live foal terms.

A 6-year-old son of Bernstein, Big Band Sound finishes his on-track career with five wins in 23 career starts for earnings of $402,560. Racing primarily as a turf sprinter in Canada, Big Band Sound earned his biggest victory last year in the Grade 2 Play the King Stakes at Woodbine.

Bred in Kentucky and co-owned by Richard Shultz, Big Band Sound was campaigned by a partnership that also included Kendel Standlee, and both men were the sole owners of record at different points of the horse’s career. The horse was trained for the majority of his career by Daniel Vella.

Big Band Sound is out of the winning Seeking the Gold mare Ensnare, who is the dam of three winners from four foals to race, including stakes winner Silver Prospector and stakes-placed Roman’s Run. Ensnare is also the grandam of Grade 2 winner Renee’s Titan. Grade 1 winner Mining is another close relative.

The stallion’s owners are offering a $50,000 bonus to the breeder of the first graded stakes winner from Big Band Sound’s initial crop.