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Dominus retired to Spendthrift
Versatile Grade 2 winner Dominus has been retired to B. Wayne Hughes' Spendthrift Farm in Lexington, Ky.
The 5-year-old Smart Strike horse will stand for the 2013 season for a fee of $6,500 when the foal stands and nurses. He will participate in Spendthrift's popular "Share The Upside" program for a fee of $10,000 live foal, with breeders who breed one mare in both 2013 and 2014 earning a lifetime breeding right after the second stud fee is paid.
“Our Share The Upside program has been popular since we started it back in 2009 with Into Mischief, and we've since offered every stallion that has come to stud at Spendthrift in this program,” Spendthrift general manager Ned Toffey said. “Into Mischief's stud career has gotten off to a tremendous start, and that has helped create demand for a new exciting, young stallion for 2013. Dominus is a highly talented son of Smart Strike from a top Ned Evans female family that is deep in quality, and we believe he'll be well-received by breeders.”
Dominus, campaigned in partnership by George Bolton, Stonestreet Stables, and Spendthrift, was a Grade 2 winner on both dirt and turf, capturing the Dwyer Stakes in 2011 at Belmont and winning last summer's Bernard Baruch Handicap on the turf at Saratoga.
He also finished second in the Grade 3 Derby Trial Stakes in just his third career start, and was third in the Grade 2 Jim Dandy Stakes.
In all, he won four of 10 career starts, earning $444,717.
Dominus is out of the stakes-winning Lord At War mare Cuando, dam of six winners from seven to race, including stakes-placed Arcturus. Cuando is a half-sister to multiple Grade 1 winner Honey Ryder, as well as to Grade 3 winner Cuando Puede, dam of multiple graded stakes winner Hit It Rich and stakes winner Spanish Mission.
No offense to Mr. Hughes and Spendthrift, but when it comes to retiring horses early, they are one of the fastest guns out there. One fairly much knows that if an intact male running for Spendthrift wins a couple of stakes, retirement is just around the corner. Of course, I jest, but that's how it feels sometimes. But deciding when a horse retires is entirely Mr. Hughes' choice. I totally understand where he's coming from. But speaking as a fan, these early retirements of marginally accomplished runners is tough to take. And the success of Into Mischief, another lightly raced early retiree, is only going to encourage this pattern.
Man did he take a whupping in the lane from Wise dan in the Shadwell.
Lord At War mares are a gem. I like the look of this horse as a stallion. Only downside is this horse only made 10 starts. Most Lord at War horses got better with age. Smart Strike turf/dirt makes him very interesting. He might do very well.
like this horse as stallion prospect