05/11/2012 2:48PM

Pluck retired, to stand at Vinery in Australia


LEXINGTON, Ky. – Pluck, the 2010 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf winner by More Than Ready, has retired from racing and will enter stud at Vinery Australia, which also stands his sire during the Southern Hemisphere breeding season.

Team Valor sold Vinery an interest in the colt in December 2010.

Pluck, now 4, retires with 3 wins and a third from 7 starts, with earnings of $727,290. In addition to his win in the Grade 2 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf, he also won the Grade 3 Summer Stakes at Woodbine and a 2010 maiden special weight at Belmont. He ran second in Monmouth Park’s 2010 Continental Mile Stakes but was placed fourth after disqualification. Pluck last raced in the Transylvania Stakes last year. He finished seventh, and tests later showed bruised cannon bones on both his hind legs. Last November, he colicked and veterinarians discovered he had a torsion, a full twist of the large colon.

Pluck is out of the South African mare Secret Heart, by Fort Wood. She is a multiple Group 1-placed runner and a stakes winner in South Africa. He is her first stakeswinner. Pluck’s first-year fee in Australia will be $11,000 in Australian dollars, roughly equivalent to the same amount in U.S. dollars at Friday’s exchange rate.