12/17/2013 12:19PM

Grade 3 winner Keep Up retired to Mill Ridge


Grade 3 winner Keep Up has been retired and will enter stud in 2014 at Mill Ridge Farm near Lexington, Ky. The 6-year-old Unbridled’s Song horse will stand for a fee of $5,000, stands and nurses, or $4,000 for two years if participating in the Mill Ridge “Share the Upside” incentive program.

The well-bred Keep Up, out of 1998 Kentucky Oaks winner and millionaire Keeper Hill, had his early training derailed when he broke the accessory carpal bone in his knee as a yearling, requiring three screws to be inserted and seven months of stall rest. Despite having only a 10 percent chance to ever race again, Keep Up eventually made it to the track, winning seven of 18 starts and earning $300,545. His biggest score came in the Grade 3 River City Handicap on the Churchill Downs turf. He also won the Swoon’s Son Stakes at Arlington Park.

“It is remarkable Keep Up survived, much less became such a successful racehorse, when you think what he was up against after he broke his knee,” Mill Ridge managing partner Headley Bell said. “Considering his pedigree, heart, class and imposing good looks, we want to give him a chance at stud. The “Share the Upside” incentive program introduced by Spendthrift and successful with Into Mischief allows the small breeder an opportunity to participate and dream,” Bell added. “We invite breeders to come to Mill Ridge and inspect Keep Up – they will like what they see.”