10/23/2012 4:31PM

Musketier to stand at Adena Springs Canada in 2013

Barbara D. Livingston
Musketier, who won seven graded or group stakes before being retired last week at age 10, will stand his first year at stud next breeding season.

LEXINGTON, Ky. - Canadian champion turf runner Musketier, the seven-time graded/group winner who retired after finishing last in the Oct. 18 Sycamore Stakes at Keeneland, will enter stud at Adena Springs Canada, the farm announced Tuesday afternoon. The farm will announce his fee later.

The 10-year-old Acatenango horse won his third Singspiel Stakes, a Grade 3 turf race at Woodbine, on June 24, bringing his stakes tally to seven, all graded or group stakes. He placed in 10 more graded stakes during his eight-year racing career, including a second in the 2009 Man o’ War Stakes. He retires with 11 wins from 50 lifetime starts and $1,130,027 in earnings.

Musketier ran 24 times during three seasons in France before shipping to North America. In his first American start, he finished third in the Grade 2 Red Smith Handicap but emerged from that race with a condylar fracture. After surgery to repair the fracture, Musketier missed the 2008 racing season but returned to graded-winning form in 2009.

“He was a true competitor,” said trainer Roger Attfield. “Few horses over the years have been as tough and sound as Musketier. He was a pleasure to train and as consistent as they come.”

German-bred Musketier is out of the Linamix winner Myth and Reality, who also produced his half-sister Maisha.