07/12/2012 3:50PM

Caleb's Posse retired to stand stud at Three Chimneys

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Don McNeill and Cheyenne Stables have retired their 2011 Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile winner Caleb’s Posse, who will enter stud in 2013 at Three Chimneys Farm in Midway, Ky.

“We discovered a non-displaced fragment in his left knee after the Met Mile,” Caleb’s Posse’s owners, McNeill and Everett Dobson, said in a statement Three Chimneys issued late Thursday afternoon. “We were hopeful that some time off would resolve the situation, but recent radiographs have revealed that surgery to remove the chip will mean that he could not return to the racetrack this year. He has proven his brilliance on the track, and now we want to give him a chance to pass on that brilliance in the breeding shed.”

Caleb’s Posse won the Grade 1 Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile and King’s Bishop Stakes in 2011 and also finished second in two Grade 1 contests this year, the Metropolitan and Carter handicaps. His other stakes wins came in the Grade 2 Amsterdam, Grade 3 Ohio Derby, and the ungraded Smarty Jones and Clever Trevor stakes. He earned $1,423,379 and retires with a career record of 8 wins, 5 seconds, and 2 thirds from 19 starts.

McNeill bred Caleb’s Posse from his Slewacide mare Abbey’s Missy, and he is her first stakes winner. She is a three-quarter sister to Mr Ross, a multiple Grade 3 winner who took 14 stakes in a 44-start career.

Caleb’s Posse will be available for inspection starting next week. His stud fee will be announced this fall.