10/30/2013 2:20PM

Emcee retired to New York, Girolamo relocated to Kentucky

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Tom Keyser
Emcee, winner of the Grade 1 Forego last year, has been retired and will stand in New York for the 2014 breeding season.

Grade 1 winner Emcee has been retired from racing and will stand the 2014 breeding season at Becky Thomas’s Sequel Stallions in Hudson, N.Y.

The 5-year-old son of Unbridled’s Song was a prominent member of the sprint ranks during his 2012 campaign, winning the Grade 1 Forego Stakes and turning in a pair of third-place finishes in the Grade 1 Alfred G. Vanderbilt Handicap and Grade 3 Tom Fool Handicap. He had not raced since the 2012 Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile, but last registered a timed workout at the Greentree Training Center in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., on Sept, 21.

Emcee retires with four wins in eight starts for earnings of $479,900, racing as a homebred for Darley and trained by Kiaran McLaughlin.

The Kentucky-bred Emcee is out of the winning Ocean Crest mare Surf Club, who is the dam of seven winners from as many foals to race, also including stakes winner Spring Party and group/graded stakes-placed winners Surfer and Baffled. Surf Club is a half-sister to Grade 1 winner Awesome Humor.

“Emcee is a horse that will generate a large amount of interest as a stallion,” said Charlie Boden, Darley’s head of sales in America. “He proved himself on the tough New York circuit, highlighted by his Forego win, and he’s out of a multiple stakes-producing, Northern Dancer-line mare.  When you add in his great conformation, he becomes the complete package of a horse that breeders are looking for in a sire of the future.”

Darley has partnered with Sequel Stallions as a base for its New York stallions. Emcee joins Darley stallion Desert Party on the stallion roster, and will replace Girolamo, who will relocate to Darley’s Jonabell Farm in Lexington, Ky., for the 2014 season.

“The nature of the New York breeding program has made it easy to move horses around,” Boden said. “Desert Party and Girolamo have been popular with breeders in New York and the program ensures breeders will continue to reap rewards even if a stallion moves, like with Girolamo next year. I am also sure Kentucky breeders will enjoy having Girolamo at Jonabell for the first time.”

Girolamo, a 7-year-old son of A.P. Indy, began his stud career at Sequel Stallions in 2012 and his first foals are weanlings of 2013. He was a winner of five of 11 starts during his on-track career for earnings of $443,800, highlighted by wins in the Grade 1 Vosburgh Stakes and Grade 2 Jerome Stakes.

Bred in Kentucky by Ben Walden, Philip Steinberg, and WinStar Farm, Girolamo is out of the Grade 3-winning Mr. Prospector mare Get Lucky, the dam of nine winners from as many foals to race. In addition to Girolamo, the mare’s top foals include Grade 2 winner Daydreaming, Grade 3 winner Accelerator, stakes winner Harborage, and Group 3-placed winner Fighting Brave.

Get Lucky is also the dam of two notable broodmares. Supercharger is the dam of 2010 Kentucky Derby winner Super Saver and Grade 3 winner Brethren, while She’s a Winner produced Grade 1 winner and current leading New York sire Bluegrass Cat and Grade 2 winner Lord of the Game. Daydreaming, Accelerator, Supercharger, and She’s a Winner are all full siblings to Girolamo.

Stud fees for both Emcee and Girolamo will be announced at a later date.