10/25/2015 5:38PM

Constitution retired to WinStar Farm for 2016


Grade 1 winner Constitution has been retired from racing and will debut at stud at WinStar Farm in Versailles, Ky. for the 2016 breeding season, where he will stand for an advertised fee of $25,000.

The 4-year-old son of Tapit won four of his eight starts for earnings of $1,031,596, highlighted by victories in the Grade 1 Florida Derby and Donn Handicap. He also ran third in the Grade 1 Donn Handicap.

Todd Pletcher trained Constitution for owners WinStar Farm and Twin Creeks Racing Stables.

“Constitution is such a talent that we hoped we could get away with fast-tracking him to our goal of the Breeders’ Cup Classic, but he showed us that he’s just not where he needs to be,” said WinStar CEO Elliot Walden. “Timing is everything in this game, and Constitution is such a tremendous stallion prospect that it only makes sense to retire him at this time.

“As a fast, good-looking multiple Grade 1 winner of such major races as the Florida Derby and Donn Handicap, he’s without a doubt one of the elite sons of Tapit,” Walden continued. “Breeders are going to love this horse, and we can’t wait to show him off during the November sales.”

Bred in Kentucky by Grapestock LLC and Fox Hill Farms, Constitution is out of English Group 3-placed Distorted Humor mare Baffled, whose two winners from as many foals to race also includes Grade 3 winner Jacaranda. He is from the family of Grade 1 winners Awesome Humor and Emcee, as well as Group 2 winner Surfer.

Twin Creeks Racing purchased Constitution for $400,000 at the 2012 Fasig-Tipton Saratoga select yearling sale.

“Constitution is as good a horse as I have ever been associated with,” said Randy Gullatt of Twin Creeks Racing. “When Elliott and I looked at him at the Saratoga sale, he was the best yearling I had ever seen. It’s nice for the business when an expensive yearling like him turns out to win two major Grade 1 races.”