03/11/2016 6:00PM

Mshawish will stand at Taylor Made Stallions in 2017

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Barbara D. Livingston
Mshawish will continue to race throughout his 6-year-old season before beginning his career as a stallion next year.

Grade 1 winner Mshawish will enter stud at Taylor Made Stallions in Nicholasville, Ky., for the 2017 breeding season.

Mshawish, a  6-year-old son of Medaglia d’Oro, will continue to race through the 2016 season seeking to add to his eight wins in 23 career starts and earnings of $2,221,351 for Al Shaqab Racing and trainer Todd Pletcher. He is scheduled to compete in the Group 1 Dubai World Cup on March 26.

Mshawish most recently earned a two-length victory in the Grade 1 Donn Handicap on Feb. 6 at Gulfstream Park, highlighting a resume that also includes victories in the Grade 1 Gulfstream Park Turf Handicap, Grade 2 Fort  Lauderdale Stakes, and Grade 3 Hal’s Hope Stakes, as well as the Group 3 Zabeel Mile in the U.A.E. and the non-graded Prix de Tourgeville in France.

“We are thrilled to have the opportunity to stand such an exciting horse as Mshawish, and thankful to the entire Al Shaqab Racing team,” said Ben Taylor, vice president of Taylor Made Stallions. “It’s exciting because Mshawish has always been an elite horse that's performed well all over the world, but he’s really shown a different dimension on the dirt. He ran a 2 3/4 on the [Ragozin] Sheets in the Hal’s Hope, and his win in the Grade 1 Donn Handicap established him as one of the best dirt horses in the world.

“Physically and genetically, Mshawish is really going to appeal to breeders,” Taylor continued. “He’s a good-looking horse, extremely sound, and will be the most accomplished son of leading sire Medaglia d’Oro to retire in America. The sky is the limit for him the rest of this racing season, and beyond in the breeding shed.”

Bred in Kentucky by OTIF 2007, Mshawish is out of the placed Thunder Gulch mare Thunder Bayou, who is the dam of two winners from three runners. He is from the extended family of champion Halfbridled, Grade 1 winner Spruce Needles, Grade 2 winner Lu Ravi, and Grade 3 winner At the Half.

Mshawish will continued to be owned and campaigned by his current connections, with the ultimate goal being the Breeders’ Cup Classic. The deal calls for a 50 percent syndication of the horse upon retirement, with Al Shaqab retaining the other half of the horse.

“All of us at Al Shaqab are delighted that Mshawish will be retired at the end of the season to stand at Taylor Made Farm,” said Khalifa al Attiya, general manager of Al Shaqab Racing. “He joins Khozan as our second horse to retire to stud duties in the U.S. It is so important to us that we not only race good horses but that we also produce stallions. Therefore, we are very proud that, in a relatively short period of time, we now have six exciting young sires on our roster around the world, with the hope of many more to come.”