11/06/2013 11:42AM

Ron the Greek sold to foreign interests

Barbara D. Livingston
Grade 1 winner Ron the Greek has been sold to foreign interests, according to former co-owner Adam Wachtel.

Multiple Grade 1 winner Ron the Greek has been sold to undisclosed foreign interests.

Former co-owner Adam Wachtel confirmed the sale of the 6-year-old Full Mandate horse on Tuesday, and added that the horse may make another start or two overseas for his new connections before entering stud, although “nothing is set in stone.”

Trained by Bill Mott for Brous Stable, Wachtel Stable, Jack T. Hammer and Gary Barber, Ron the Greek won nine of 29 career starts – with 13 stakes wins or placings – earning $2,704,691. The horse appeared on the national handicap scene in early 2012 with a victory in the Grade 1 Santa Anita Handicap. He went on to land the Grade 1 Stephen Foster Handicap at Churchill Downs, handing Horse of the Year Wise Dan his only defeat that season. Ron the Greek’s 2012 season also included runner-up efforts in the Grade 1 Whitney Invitational Handicap and the Grade 2 Oaklawn Handicap.

Ron the Greek returned to racing in 2013 to win the Sunshine Millions Classic Stakes, and finish third in the Stephen Foster and the Grade 2 Charles Town Classic. In what would prove to be his final start for his connections, he romped by 6 3/4 lengths in the Grade 1 Jockey Club Gold Cup at Belmont Park. The victory stamped him as a contender for the Breeders’ Cup Classic; however, he was scratched with a quarter crack.

“It was a shame,” Wachtel said. “He was training so phenomenally. We felt we had a big chance. But if the way we go out was winning the Jockey Club Gold Cup, then we can live with that.”

Bred in Florida by Hammer, Ron the Greek is one of two stakes horses out of the winning Fortunate Prospect mare Flambe. It is the family of multiple graded stakes winner Musket Man.