10/28/2011 11:12AM

Old Friends welcomes You and I


LEXINGTON, Ky. – Record-setting Grade 1 winner You and I has arrived at Old Friends, the Kentucky equine retirement facility where he will live in retirement from stud duty.

A 20-year-old Kris S. horse, You and I had stood at Woodstead Farm in Chehalis, Wash., since 2009. The farm has donated him to Old Friends for permanent pensioning.

W. A. Fabry and Jeffrey E. Johnson bred You and I from La Chaposa, a champion sprinter in her native Peru. She later also would produce another Grade 1 winner in You and I’s half-sister Chaposa Springs.

You and I sold to Triumviri Stable for $62,000 at the Ocala Breeders’ Sales Company select juvenile auction. He started his career with trainer Stanley Hough, for whom he won the Grade 2 Cowdin in 1993. After the colt’s third-place finish in Holy Bull’s Grade 2 Hutcheson Stakes, Edmund Gann bought You and I privately and sent him to Bobby Frankel. You and I went on to win the Grade 3 Riva Ridge, setting a seven-furlong track record of 1:20.33. At 4 he won the Grade 1 Metropolitan Handicap and Grade 2 Brooklyn Handicap, and he also placed in two other Grade 1’s, the Vosburgh and Carter Handicaps, that year. He earned $701,235 from a record of 6 wins, 1 second, and 2 thirds from 16 lifetime starts.

You and I stood at Airdrie Stud in Kentucky, then Blooming Hills in California before arriving two years ago at Woodstead. He is the sire of five-time Grade 1 winner You, graded winner Harvard Avenue, and international champions In the Woods and Marimer, and 2011 stakes-winner You Me and Ema B. His progeny earnings stand at more than $18.7 million.