10/10/2017 7:56PM

Greenpointcrusader retired to Ocala Stud

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Barbara D. Livingston
Greenpointcrusader, winner of the Grade 1 Champagne, will stand at Ocala Stud in 2018.

Greenpointcrusader, a Grade 1 winner, has been retired from racing and will begin his stallion career at J. Michael O’Farrell’s Ocala Stud in Ocala, Fla., during the 2018 breeding season for a fee to be announced later.

The 4-year-old Bernardini colt finished with three wins in nine career starts for earnings of $473,300, highlighted by a victory in the Grade 1 Champagne Stakes. He also finished second in the Grade 2 Holy Bull Stakes.

Greenpointcrusader was initially trained by Dominick Schettino, then by Todd Pletcher, for the partnership of St. Elias Stable, MeB Racing Stables, and Brooklyn Boyz Stables.

Co-owner “Anthony Bonomo and I are big believers in Greenpointcrusader’s future as a sire and love his pedigree, look, and racing form,” said co-owner Vinnie Viola of St. Elias Stables. “He ran extremely well as a 2-year-old and finished first or second in four of his first five races before injuries derailed his racing career.

“We intend to support him with a number of our own high-quality broodmares,” Viola continued. “Anthony and I are pleased to stand Greenpointcrusader at Ocala Stud and put him in the hands of the O’Farrells, in whom we have a lot of confidence in making Greenpointcrusader the next great sire to stand in Florida.”

Bred in Kentucky by Oakbrook Farm, Greenpointcrusader is out of the Grade 3-placed Cryptoclearance mare Ava Knowsthecode, whose eight winners from 12 runners also includes Grade 1 winner Justin Phillip, Grade 2 winner Keyed Entry, Grade 3 winners Successful Mission and Algorithms, and stakes winner Alex’s Allure.

“Greenpointcrusader has a tremendous stallion pedigree, with two of his brothers currently standing stud in Kentucky, and he’s the only Grade 1-winning 2-year-old out of his highly accomplished dam,” O’Farrell said. “There’s a lot to like about this horse, and we believe breeders will really like him when they see him.”

Greenpointcrusader is now available for inspection at Ocala Stud.