10/15/2015 2:39PM

Daredevil retired to WinStar Farm for 2016

Tom Keyser
Daredevil, winner of the 2014 Grade 1 Champagne Stakes, has been retired from racing.

Grade 1 winner Daredevil has been retired from racing and will debut at stud in 2016 at WinStar Farm in Versailles, Ky. for a fee to be determined later.

The 3-year-old son of More Than Ready ends his on-track career with two wins in five career starts for earnings of $424,600, highlighted by a win in the Grade 1 Champagne Stakes and a runner-up effort in the Grade 2 Swale Stakes.

Daredevil was initially owned by Let’s Go Stable, which sold an interest in the colt to WinStar Farm prior to the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile. China Horse Club bought into the colt before his 3-year-old debut, as well. Todd Pletcher trained Daredevil throughout his career.

“Daredevil’s brilliance at two reminded me of Uncle Mo, and More Than Ready, and a lot of the better juveniles I’ve been fortunate to be around,” Pletcher said. “I have always thought the really talented two-year-olds went on to make the best stallions.”

Bred in Kentucky by Marianne and Brandon Chase, Daredevil is out of the winning Forty Niner mare Chasethewildwind, whose six winners from as many foals to race also includes Grade 1 winner Albertus Maximus and Grade 3-placed Chasethegold.

Daredevil hails from the family of Grade 1 winners Race the Wild Wind and Here Comes Ben, French Group 1 winner King Charlemagne, and English Group 3 winner Meshaheer.

“Daredevil is the fastest 2-year-old ever by More Than Ready, which is a big statement when you look at how successful of a juvenile sire More Than Ready has been,” said Elliott Walden, President and CEO of WinStar Farm. “Now, More Than Ready is emerging as an important sire of sires around the world, and it’s happening through his best juvenile sons like Sebring, who’s the sire of recently-named Australian Horse of the Year Dissident.”

Daredevil will be available for inspection at WinStar Farm during the November breeding stock sales.