01/03/2014 4:26PM

The Lumber Guy retired, to stand at Keane Stud in New York

Barbara D. Livingston
New York-bred champion The Lumber Guy will enter stud in his home state.

Grade 1 winner The Lumber Guy, New York's Horse of the Year in 2012, has been retired from racing and will stand the 2014 breeding season at Keane Stud in Amenia, N.Y. for an advertised fee of $5,000.

The 5-year-old Grand Slam horse will stand as property of Spendthrift Farm, and will be offered in the farm’s Share the Upside incentive program. He will be available for inspection at Spendthrift Farm in Lexington, Ky., during the Keeneland January horses of all ages sale, which begins Jan. 6, before shipping to New York.

“The Lumber Guy was a seriously talented racehorse, and he has the looks and pedigree to match,” said Spendthrift stallion director Ken Wilkins. “We’re thrilled to be able to bring him home to New York breeders for 2014.”

The Lumber Guy finishes his career with four wins in 13 career starts for earnings of $790,300 racing for owner Barry Schwartz and trainer Michael Hushion. He experienced a breakout season in 2012, which included wins in the Grade 1 Vosburgh Invitational Stakes and the Grade 2 Jerome Stakes, as well as a runner-up finish in the Breeders’ Cup Sprint.

“When you look back at the 2012 crop of 3-year-olds, you could easily make the argument that it was one of the best we’ve seen in the last several years,” said Ned Toffey, Spendthrift’s general manager. “By the speed figures, there wasn’t a faster 3-year-old in 2012 than The Lumber Guy. His 110 Beyer winning the Grade 1 Vosburgh over older horses marked the fastest Beyer by a 3-year-old sprinter, and his three-quarter Ragozin in the Breeders’ Cup Sprint was the fastest of any 3-year-old period, including Trinniberg, Bodemeister, Paynter, I’ll Have Another, and all others.”

Homebred in New York by Schwartz’s Stonewall Farm, The Lumber Guy is out of the unraced Unbridled’s Song mare Boltono, whose four winners from as many foals to race also includes stakes winners Magical Solution and Bold Deed.