11/08/2013 2:41PM

Fast Bullet retired, to stand at Pauls Mill

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Barbara D. Livingston
Grade 2 winner Fast Bullet will be the second stallion to stand at the new Pauls Mill division in 2014.

Grade 2 winner Fast Bullet has been retired from racing and will stand the 2014 breeding season at Ben Walden Jr.’s Pauls Mill in Versailles, Ky., for an advertised fee of $7,500.

The 5-year-old son of Speightstown finishes his career with four wins in seven career starts for earnings of $330,334, highlighted by a victory in the Grade 2 True North Handicap in 2013. He was campaigned by Zayat Stables, and trained for the majority of his career for Bob Baffert before finishing his career in the barn of D. Wayne Lukas.

“He was so fast and so talented,” Walden said of Fast Bullet. “He’s a prototype of his sire. I love [Bob] Baffert’s quote, he said, ‘God doesn’t make horses this fast very often,’ and he should know. His physicality is his biggest attribute, and that’s saying a lot because he’s so talented and because he’s by such a nice horse.”

Bred in Kentucky by Roy Gottlieb, Fast Bullet is out of the winning Dayjur mare Renfro Valley Star, whose six winners from eight foals to race also include Grade 3-placed winner Blairs Roarin Star. His second dam is champion Brave Raj, and his extended family includes Grade/Group 2 winners Eurosilver, Muntej and Baqah.

Fast Bullet will join first-year stallion I Want Revenge on the recently revitalized Pauls Mill stallion roster.

Walden said that Fast Bullet will be syndicated for 40 shares, with owner Ahmed Zayat retaining 10 to 15 shares. The owner of Pauls Mill said that limiting the number of shares harkens back to an older-school philosophy of stallion syndication and offers a more personal partnership.

“Everybody thinks things that are old are outdated and not as good, but that’s not always true,” Walden said. “There’s a lot of wisdom in the Claiborne approach and my father’s approach of having a 36- or 40-share syndicate instead of 50 or 55. Your ownership is tighter, you have a little more control over the mares, the share values are on more solid ground than having the ownership divided more.

“The investors appreciate the smaller syndicates, so we went at a 40-share syndicate instead of the traditional 50,” he continued. “We did the same thing with I Want Revenge and he sold out.”

AzLimitPoker More than 1 year ago
I find it funny that the owners refuse to tell us why the horse was transferred out of Baffert's barn....the horse had no shot in the Sprint just like paynter in the Classic...poorly managed by the owners who think they are bigger than the game...paynter should have never raced this year after what he went through last year but greed took over as usual:(
MD23 More than 1 year ago
Everyone knew he was unsound. The Zayats talked this horse up like he was gonna win the breeders cup but most of us knew that wasn't happening. Very talented but his physical problems hurt his career. Glad they didn't hurt him permanently.
Okiesharp More than 1 year ago
Chad Are you saying he'll run anything that can stand...:-)
chad mc rory More than 1 year ago
Baffert !!!
Meydan Rocks More than 1 year ago
Kerry - I hear you but you might as well save your breath. It just comes with the territory. Horses and horse players. Cynical and angry. At least cynicism can evoke a laugh here and there. Poor horses. Thank God they can't read! Or can they? LOL
Kerry Metivier More than 1 year ago
For crying out loud. Don't any of you have anything better to do than sit around and think up nasty things to say about EVERY story about every horse retired to stud. I'd make a sizable wager NONE of you has ever bred, trained or raced a single thoroughbred. The brightest stars shine the shortest time and for every 100+ beyer horse there's 100 who never make it past a 40. Is that what the breed needs? A bunch of slow plodding, cant get out of their own way slugs who race 90 times and earn twenty grand? Please. Wake up and find another sport to criticize. We're sick of you.
chad mc rory More than 1 year ago
Do you endorse a slug like Baffert? He and these bs Beyer numbers are the ruin of too many young horses. I'm sick of that!
Brian More than 1 year ago
It's really no wonder the state of the breed when you see horses like this go off to stud. Is the breed really in need of this horse passing on, to substantial numbers of mares, his freakishly-fast-but-way-too-fragile genes?
B More than 1 year ago
I really dislike this time of the year in racing. Every other day it seems another retirement is announced. Some are appropriate, some are inappropriate and greedy, but all are sad and/or disappointing.
Diana Levy More than 1 year ago
seems fitting that he stands next to I Want Revenge. Looks like Pauls Mill will be specializing in standing horses that can't make more than 2-3 starts/year at best
Greg More than 1 year ago
Sorry this colt cant be sound , hasnt run a lick for a coons age!!
chad mc rory More than 1 year ago
I give thanks that this Colt made it thru all that he has. When Lukas won't start one again, what does that tell you?
Biggar W More than 1 year ago
It's possible that the owners had some part in the decision.