07/08/2013 11:48AM

Eddington moves to Ballena Vista Farm

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Jim Lisa
Grade 1 winner Eddington, seen here winning the 2004 Calder Derby, will move to California for the 2014 breeding season.

Grade 1 winner Eddington will stand the 2014 breeding season at Ballena Vista Farm in Ramona, Calif., for a fee to be announced at a later date.

The 12-year-old son of Unbridled had spent his entire stallion career to date at Claiborne Farm, retiring to the Paris, Ky., operation for the 2006 breeding season.

Eddington has sired five crops of racing age, with his stakes horses led by Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Sprint winner Secret Circle, Grade 2 winner Brushed by a Star, and Grade 3 winner Gold Edge.

A $450,000 purchase at the Keeneland July yearling sale, Eddington knocked on the door throughout his 3-year-old campaign, highlighted by a third-place finish in the 2004 Preakness Stakes. He finally broke through in the final start of his sophomore year, winning the Grade 3 Calder Derby.

Eddington returned the next year as a solid handicap horse, winning an optional claiming race at Gulfstream Park, then competing in four straight races of Grade 2 level or higher and never missing the board. He won two of those races – the Grade 2 Gulfstream Park Handicap, in which he set a track record for 1 3/16 miles, and the Grade 1 Pimlico Special Handicap in his final start. He was retired shortly after his Grade 1 win due to a training injury.

In total, Eddington, who was trained by Mark Hennig for Willmott Stables Inc, won six of 17 career starts for earnings of $1,216,760. He won or finished in the money in 10 graded stakes races.

Bred in Kentucky by Carl Rosen Associates, Eddington is out of the Grade 3-placed winning Chief’s Crown mare Fashion Star, who is the dam of six winners from 10 foals to race, including U.A.E. Group 3-placed winner Star Crowned. After Eddington’s sophomore campaign, the mare sold for $1.3 million at the 2004 Keeneland November breeding stock sale.