08/04/2011 3:06PM

Prized pensioned to Old Friends


Prized, winner of the 1989 Breeders’ Cup Turf and sire of record-setting Grade 1 winner Brass Hat, has been pensioned to the Old Friends equine retirement facility in Georgetown, Ky.

A 25-year-old Kris S. horse, Prized last stood at Randy and John Funkhouser’s O’Sullivan Farms near Charles Town, W. Va.

“He looks great, and he loves to talk,” said Michael Blowen, who announced Prized’s arrival Thursday morning. “He’s already out in his new paddock welcoming visitors. We’re very grateful that his connections honored us with this gift.”Prized won the Breeders’ Cup Turf in his first start on grass. In four seasons at the track, he also won the Grade 1 San Luis Rey Stakes and Grade 3 Arcadia Handicap in 1990. The previous year, he upset 1989 Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner Sunday Silence in the Grade 2 Swaps Stakes and also won the Molson Export Million. Prized earned $1,252,250 and won 9 of 17 lifetime starts, including four victories on turf.

In addition to Brass Hat, he sired recent multiple group winner and German champion Premio Loco, Australian and New Zealand Group 1 winner Prized Gem, New Zealand Group 1 winner Prize Lady, Dominican champion Conflictive, and numerous graded or group winners in both the Northern and Southern Hemispheres.