10/09/2012 2:14PM

Coolmore adds So You Think, three others to 2013 stallion roster


LEXINGTON, Ky. – Coolmore Stud will add four stallions to its Irish roster for the 2013 breeding season: three-time international champion So You Think, Breeders’ Cup Mile possible Excelebration, current Kentucky first-crop sire Henrythenavigator, and recently retired Irish classic winner Power.

The County Tipperary-based stud operation announced Tuesday that Excelebration will retire this year after contesting the Oct. 20 Queen Elizabeth II Stakes at Ascot and a possible tilt at the Breeders’ Cup Mile. The 4-year-old Exceed and Excel colt is a German champion and a two-time Group 1 winner. His four Group 1 placings include a second-place finish to Frankel in the 2011 Queen Elizabeth II Stakes.

Henrythenavigator is currently ranked fourth among North American first-crop sires with such runners as Group 1 winner Pedro the Great and Group 1-placed George Vancouver among other group performers. He stood in 2012 at Coolmore’s American arm, Ashford Stud in Kentucky.

Coolmore purchased controlling interest in two-time Australian champion So You Think in 2010 and moved the High Chaparral horse to Ireland with trainer Aidan O’Brien. He went on to be named Ireland’s highweighted older horse in 2011 over 9 1/2 to 11 furlongs. So You Think stood this year, his first, at Coolmore Australia.

Coolmore retired 2012 Irish 2000 Guineas winner Power last week. The 3-year-old Oasis Dream colt had been on the sidelines since June after suffering an injury during the St. James’s Palace Stakes. He is a two-time Group 1 winner.