01/31/2013 10:27AM

Coolmore stallion Excellent Art sold to India for stud duty


Multiple Group 1 winner and young stallion Excellent Art has been sold by Coolmore to continue his stud career at Poonawalla Stud in India. His profile in India was enhanced in November when his daughter Art of Enchantment finished second in the Bangalore 1,000 Guineas.

Excellent Art, a 9-year-old son of Pivotal, was to stand at Coolmore in Ireland for 10,000 euros (about $13,500) this year. From two crops of racing age in the Northern Hemisphere, he has sired Group 3 winners Hazel Lavery and Experience, as well as stakes winners Artistic Jewel, Tropaios, Nimohe, and Sparkling Portrait. He also has sired French Quebec and Pegas, champions in the Czech Republic.

Out of the group stakes-placed Seeking the Gold mare Obsessive, Excellent Art won four of 11 starts in two seasons of racing, earning $1,238,952, and was highweighted on the English Free Handicap from seven to 9 1/2 furlongs in 2007. He won the Group 1 St. James’s Palace Stakes in 2007 as well as the Group 2 Mill Reef Stakes, and he a listed stakes winner as a juvenile in 2006. He placed in four Grade or Group 1 races, finishing second in the 2007 Breeders’ Cup Mile to Kip Deville.