11/20/2012 1:51PM

Bullet Train, a three-quarter-brother to Frankel, will stand in Kentucky


Group 3 winner Bullet Train, a three-quarter-brother to unbeaten champion Frankel, has been retired and will enter stud in Kentucky in 2013. The 5-year-old Sadler’s Wells horse is scheduled to arrive in New York on Nov. 22 to undergo quarantine. Complete details on stud plans, including the farm where he will stand and his 2013 fee, will be announced on Dec. 1.

California-based bloodstock agent Bob Feld and international agent Hubert Guy brokered the deal with Juddmonte Farms, which campaigned Bullet Train as a homebred.

“Frankel has been heralded as ‘the greatest ever,’ and it would be hard to dispute that,” Feld said. “To offer a three-quarter-brother to Frankel by Sadler’s Wells to American breeders is very exciting. It will be an outstanding opportunity to breed that same classic bloodline into American mares, at a stud fee considerably less than Frankel commands. That made it an easy decision to bring Bullet Train to Kentucky.”

Two-time reigning Cartier European Horse of the Year Frankel, who won his 10th Group 1 event in October to retire unbeaten in 14 starts, will enter stud at Juddmonte’s Banstead Manor Stud in England for a fee of approximately $200,000 next year.

“With his excellent speed, athleticism and outstanding pedigree, Bullet Train suits American racing,” Feld said. “The Juddmonte silks have graced the winners’ circle from coast to coast in many of our Grade 1 events and I am confident the sons and daughters of Bullet Train can carry on that great family tradition.”

Bullet Train, the first foal out of the stakes-winning Danehill mare Kind, became the first of his dam’s three group stakes winners when he captured the Group 3 Totesport.com Derby Trial in 2010. Kind’s next two foals were Frankel and Group 3 winner Noble Mission, both by Galileo.

Bullet Train won two of 14 starts and earned $177,737. In his last six starts, all in Group 1 races, he served as a pacemaker for Frankel.