11/18/2011 4:18PM

Breeders' Cup Classic winner Drosselmeyer to stand at WinStar Farm in Kentucky rather than New York

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Tom Keyser
WinStar Farm considered racing Drosselmeyer as a 5 year old in 2012 but ultimately decided to retire him.

LEXINGTON, Ky. – WinStar Farm has worked out a new plan for Drosselmeyer, the 2010 Belmont Stakes winner and 2011 Breeders’ Cup Classic winner, who has been retired and will now stand at WinStar near Versailles, Ky., rather than at Keane Farm in New York as originally planned.

Drosselmeyer, 4, will stand in 2012 for $17,500. His sire, Distorted Humor, also is a stallion at WinStar, which is owned by Ken Troutt. Distorted Humor will stand for $100,000 in 2012, and his book will be limited to 100 mares.

Plans originally called for Drosselmeyer to begin his stud career at Keane Stud in Amenia, N.Y., but a clause in WinStar’s contract with Keane Stud allowed for changes if Drosselmeyer won the Breeders’ Cup Classic, which he did on Nov. 5 at Churchill Downs. WinStar also considered racing Drosselmeyer in 2012 but ultimately decided to retire him.

“Drosselmeyer came out of the Classic so good that it gave us cause for pause,” WinStar CEO Elliott Walden said. “We knew he had what it took to be one of the top older horses in the country, and I think we saw that with how he came to hand in his last two starts. So it made for a difficult decision. We took some time to think about all of our options, and we came to the conclusion that it was best for both Drosselmeyer and WinStar Farm to retire him and go out as a Breeders’ Cup Classic champion.”

Drosselmeyer already is at WinStar Farm and available for breeders’ inspection.

Drosselmeyer won the 2010 Belmont Stakes by three-quarters of a length over Fly Down. This year, after taking Belmont’s One Count Stakes by a neck over Birdrun, he endured three straight losses before cruising home at 15-1 in the Breeders’ Cup Classic, 1 1/2 lengths ahead of runner-up Game on Dude.

From 16 lifetime starts, Drosselmeyer has won five times, finished second five times, and been third twice, amassing a $3.7 million bankroll. Four of those placings came in graded races, including a second to Flat Out in the Oct. 1 Jockey Club Gold Cup in Drosselmeyer’s final start before the Breeders’ Cup Classic. In winning the Classic, Drosselmeyer became only the second horse – along with A. P. Indy in 1992 – to win the Belmont and the Classic.

WinStar Farm’s Maverick Racing paid $600,000 for Drosselmeyer at the 2008 Keeneland September yearling sale, where Taylor Made sold him on behalf of Aaron and Marie Jones. The Joneses bred the chestnut colt from two-time Grade 1 winner Golden Ballet, a Moscow Ballet mare. Drosselmeyer is her first Grade 1 winner. Golden Ballet is also the dam of 2008 Affectionately winner Stage Luck, a filly by Unbridled’s Song.

The Joneses bought Golden Ballet for $1.6 million in 2001; they sold her, and her in-utero Unbridled’s Song colt, to Coolmore last year for $1.4 million.