03/06/2012 12:21PM

Oaklawn: Shotgun Gulch sold; to be bred to Bernardini

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Shotgun Gulch, with Garret Gomes up, wins the Grade 1 Vinery Madison.

Shotgun Gulch, a Grade 1 winner who was retired last month because of injury, has been sold privately to Rick Porter of Fox Hill Farm in a deal that closed Tuesday morning, said C.R. Trout, who bred, owned, and trained the mare. Trout said Shotgun Gulch was to travel Tuesday from Oaklawn Park in Hot Springs, Ark., to Taylor Made Farm in Lexington, Ky. Porter confirmed the deal and said Shotgun Gulch would be bred to Bernardini.

Shotgun Gulch’s biggest career win came last April in the Grade 1 Vinery Madison at Keeneland. She had been prepping for a start in the Grade 3, $150,000 Azeri at Oaklawn in more recent times, but emerged from a Feb. 24 workout with a cracked sesamoid in her left foreleg. Shotgun Gulch, a 5-year-old mare by Thunder Gulch, won 7 of 21 starts and $528,976.

Porter races the reigning Horse of the Year, Havre de Grace.