10/10/2016 2:36PM

Exaggerator retired to stand at WinStar Farm

Barbara D. Livingston
Exaggerator earned more than $3.5 million in his career.

Exaggerator, the winner of the Preakness Stakes and the only 3-year-old male to win three Grade 1 races this year, was officially retired on Monday and will stand at stud beginning next year at WinStar Farm in Versailles, Ky., it was announced by WinStar.

The announcement was not a surprise, as Exaggerator had been taken out of training two weeks ago following a disappointing performance in the Pennsylvania Derby and had been taken to WinStar, which had taken over control of Exaggerator’s career.

Exaggerator, a son of Curlin out of the Vindication mare Dawn Raid, also won the Santa Anita Derby and Haskell Invitational at Monmouth this year. He also finished second in the Kentucky Derby to Nyquist but was 11th in the Belmont Stakes. The Haskell was his last victory. He subsequently was 11th in the Travers Stakes and seventh in the Pennsylvania Derby.

Last year at age 2, Exaggerator won the Saratoga Special and the Delta Jackpot.

Exaggerator retires with six wins in 15 starts and earnings of $3,581,120. His five stakes wins, all graded stakes, came at five different racetracks.

Exaggerator was purchased as a yearling by trainer Keith Desormeaux for Matt Bryan’s Big Chief Racing for $110,000. Bryan subsequently took on several partners, including Rocker O Ranch and Head of Plains Partners. Desormeaux trained Exaggerator, and his brother, Kent, was his regular rider.

“We could not be more excited to add another classic winner of the caliber of Exaggerator to the WinStar stallion roster,” Elliott Walden, WinStar’s president and chief executive, said in a press release. “He is a sound horse that passes all physical exams, but as the only 3-year-old to test all the Triple Crown races and summer classics, he’s a horse that is asking us for a rest. The fact he remains sound after 15 big-time starts in the last 16 months is a testament to his ability, consistency, fortitude, and class. He is an extreme racehorse – a tough, durable throwback to the old days, like his sire, Curlin.”

A stud fee has yet to be announced.

WinStar also campaigned Belmont Stakes winner Creator, who was retired last week and sold to the Japan Bloodhorse Breeders’ Association.

Nyquist will stand at Darley America following his final start in the Breeders’ Cup Classic. As a result, none of the Triple Crown race winners from this year will race at age 4.

Chad mc rory More than 1 year ago
Justin Glagola More than 1 year ago
Another reason why racing is slowly dying out. Until racing the horses are more valued if not equaled to the breeding business of the sport moneywise, horse racing is a dead sport. Not even American Pharoah's triple crown helped racing in the United States. Not to mention racing is so very STALE with a capital S in the states of California, Florida, Texas, Illinois and New York! Also forgot there is barely any racing in the New England States and horrible quality racing from the Great Plain States to the Left Coast!  
Pat Lyons More than 1 year ago
Voice text don't know how to post edit my comment it should say racing and thrive
Pat Lyons More than 1 year ago
This is why I was so heartbroken when American pharoah was retired last year wished they had raised him as a four-year-old the sport is not going to drive if 3 year old horses that win Triple Crown races and or the Triple Crown do not reach into their four-year-old or five-year-old season we need new blood in the game new fans we don't need any it's closing down race tracks like Bay Meadows Race Course in San Mateo or Hollywood Park in the LA area
David Craighead More than 1 year ago
Look this game primarily now is about sole about money, and a lot of the Breeders, Owners and partnerships are nothing but money and big business freaks. The game isn't the same as of old. Even the help is nothing more than a means to a end. That's modern day horse racing in a nut shell! and Exaggerator is a nice  horse hands down.
Joel Firsching More than 1 year ago
After derby/preakness starts, he had 3 out of 4 very bad outings.  Nyquist hasnt been the same since his derby/preaness starts.  At least they didnt get sidelined shortly after the preakness like half of the derby/preakness starters do.  Lasix may be hazordous to their health.
Ronald Friedman More than 1 year ago
Another star retired before his time .The breeders win again to the detriment of the sport.
victoreconomico More than 1 year ago
Retired maybe before his time is better than running one race after.
Gunner More than 1 year ago
I'll pencil Exaggerator onto my Wet Track Sires list on the Mr. Prospector/Smart Strike drop-down.
Kyri Freeman More than 1 year ago
I've always liked this horse and his evident happiness during his best performances, but being retired at age 3 doesn't really do anything to prove he's a "tough, durable throwback". If he just needs a rest, which I agree with, why not just rest him? Racing would be so much poorer today if California Chrome had been retired after his awful Pennsylvania Derby.