02/04/2017 2:51PM

Ralis, winner of 2015 Hopeful Stakes, retired to stud

Barbara D. Livingston
Ralis finished ninth in the California Cup Turf Classic in his last start, on Jan. 28.

ARCADIA, Calif. - Ralis, the winner of the Grade 1 Hopeful Stakes at Saratoga in 2015, has been retired and will begin a stud career in coming weeks, trainer Doug O’Neill said Saturday.

Ralis finished ninth in the California Cup Turf Classic for California-breds at Santa Anita on Jan. 28 in his last start. A 4-year-old colt by Square Eddie, Ralis won 2 of 17 starts and earned $424,773.

“He had a little strain in a tendon and he’d need some time off to get to the point he could come back racing,” O’Neill said. “In his best interest, we called it a day.”

Ralis raced for breeders Paul and Zillah Reddam. O’Neill said no stud plans had been finalized.

Ralis is out of Silar Rules, by Ten Most Wanted. Ralis is a full brother to the winners The Custodian, who earned $145,301; and Over Par, who earned $112,718.

Ralis was most productive at 2. Aside from the Hopeful, Ralis won a maiden race in his second start, at five furlongs at Santa Anita, and was second in the Graduation Stakes for California-bred sprinters at Del Mar.

At 3, Ralis was winless in three starts, but was second in three stakes on turf – the Snow Chief Stakes for California-breds at Santa Anita in May, the Rainbow Stakes at Santa Anita against open company in June, and the Grade 2 Del Mar Derby in September.