Updated on 09/17/2011 10:40PM

Roman Ruler retired at 3


LEXINGTON, Ky. - Haskell winner and millionaire Roman Ruler has been retired and will enter stud at Hill 'n' Dale Farms in Lexington, the farm has announced. His fee in 2006 will be $30,000.

An outstanding juvenile last year, won his first two starts - the second in the Grade 2 Best Pal - by a combined 11 lengths. He went on to take the Grade 2 Norfolk Stakes after finishing second in the Del Mar Futurity. He wrapped up his juvenile season ranked two pounds below eventual champion Declan's Moon, rating 124 pounds on the Experimental Free Handicap.

Roman Ruler's precocity made him an early favorite for the 2005 Triple Crown, but a chronic quarter crack problem finally took him off the Kentucky Derby trail in March. Trained by Bob Baffert, Roman Ruler sat out the spring and returned a winner in July in the Grade 2 Dwyer at Belmont before taking the Haskell over Sun King. This season, Roman Ruler also finished third in the Travers and ended his career on Oct. 10 as runner-up to Rock Hard Ten in the Grade 2 Goodwood Breeders' Cup Handicap at Santa Anita. That performance brought Roman Ruler's record to 10-5-2-1, including wins or placings in seven graded stakes. He earned $1,220,800.

Fog City Stable partners David Shimmon and Bill Bianco campaigned Roman Ruler together, even after splitting up their partnership in other horses and selling such runners as Buzzards Bay. Hill 'n' Dale acquired breeding rights to Roman Ruler in August.

A son of Fusaichi Pegasus, Roman Ruler is out of the unraced Silver Deputy mare Silvery Swan, making him a half-brother to Grade 1 winner El Corredor, North America's second-ranked freshman sire. Silvery Swan also is the dam of Grade 3 winner Silver Tornado, by Maria's Mon.

Is It True to stand at Walmac

Walmac Farm, which just shipped Gentlemen to Applebite Farms in California, wasted no time in filling the stall. The Lexington stallion farm announced Tuesday that it will stand 1988 Breeders' Cup Juvenile winner Is It True in 2006. A 19-year-old Raja Baba horse, Is It True will stand for $5,000.

Is It True has gotten 25 stakes winners, the most famous of which is Grade 1 winner Yes It's True, who was 2004's second-ranked freshman sire by progeny earnings and currently stands in fourth on the second-crop sire list. Is It True also is the sire of 2005 stakes winners Trueamericanspirit and True Kiss, as well as stakes-placed runners Absolutely True and Magnus One. He has progeny earnings of more than $17 million.

Is It True most recently stood at Walmac's Florida division, Hartley/De Renzo Walmac South, for a $7,000 fee.

Wild Fit to sell at Fasig-Tipton

Wild Fit, second to Folklore in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies, will stay in the Fasig-Tipton November catalog. After the race, it wasn't clear whether Wild Fit's owners, Ron Brewer's Brewer Racing Stable and yearling-to-juvenile pinhooker Murray Smith, would sell Wild Fit at the Nov. 6 auction in Lexington or keep her in training with Jeff Mullins. In the end, commercial interest won out.

"My partner, Ron Brewer, thinks it's a good idea," Smith said. "I got him into the horse. I was willing to continue to keep her and run her, but we talked, and he'd like to sell."

Smith had a boom year at the 2-year-old auctions, but Wild Fit, a Wild Wonder filly, was one that didn't sell. Smith had purchased the Florida-bred filly privately from her breeder, Hannahill Farm, for $50,000 as a resale prospect. But Wild Fit failed to reach her reserve at the 2005 Barretts March juvenile sale, where Smith bought her back for $240,000.

"I sell horses for a living, but if I can't get what I want, I'll run them," Smith said. "That's how I ended up with her. Ron Brewer was not going to buy her either, unless I stayed in for half."

Smith said she has "mixed emotions, very mixed" about selling Wild Fit now.

"I never have any regrets when I sell a good one. But with this one, half of me is now emotionally involved, but the business part of me says to sell," she said.

Wild Fit is out of the unraced At Full Feather mare Grannies Feather. She is a full sister to this year's San Vicente winner, Fusaichi Rock Star, and will sell as part of the Eaton Sales consignment. She will be available for inspection at Fasig-Tipton's Newtown Paddocks starting Friday.

Limehouse retired from racing

Dogwood Stables's multiple graded stakes winner has been retired after his sixth-place finish in the Breeders' Cup Mile. A 4-year-old Grand Slam colt, Limehouse will stand at Vinery in 2006 for a $17,500 fee. Limehouse won six stakes, most notably the Brooklyn Handicap, Hutcheson Stakes, Tampa Bay Derby, and Bashford Manor Stakes. He retires with a 21-7-2-3 record and $1,110,433 in earnings. A son of the Dixieland Band mare Dixieland Blues, Limehouse arrived Sunday at Vinery, where he will be syndicated.

- additional reporting by David Grening