11/18/2014 11:48AM

Rookie Sensation retired to Adena Springs North

Shigeki Kikkawa
Rookie Sensation has been retired with three wins in 10 career starts.

Grade 2 winner Rookie Sensation has been retired from racing and will make his debut at stud at Frank Stronach’s Adena Springs North in Aurora, Ontario for an advertised fee of $4,422 ($5,000 Canadian) in 2015.

The 4-year-old son of Unbridled’s Song finished his career with three wins in 10 starts for earnings of $232,900. His resume is highlighted by a victory in the Grade 2 Twilight Derby and a third in the Grade 3 Last Tycoon Stakes, both at Santa Anita.

Bred in Kentucky by Adena Springs and campaigned by that outfit, Rookie Sensation was trained by John Shirreffs.

Rookie Sensation is out of the stakes-winning Stately Don mare My Marchesa, whose seven foals to race are all winners, also including Japanese Group 2 winner Daiwa Carson, Grade 3 winner Mark One, Grade 2-placed Golden Corona, and stakes-placed Benz Boy. His extended family includes Grade 1 winner Sauce Boat, Grade 2 winner Black Cash, Grade 3 winner Pleasant Prince, and leading sire Raja Baba.

"Rookie Sensation is a welcome addition to our roster at Adena Springs North,” Stronach said. "He's very strong top and bottom--he hails from a very fashionable sire line and his third dam is the blue hen mare Missy Baba. Rookie Sensation's female line includes such top stallions as A.P. Indy, Lemon Drop Kid and Raja Baba. Additionally, this year's Belmont winner Tonalist and recent Horse of the Year Havre De Grace also come from this sensational family."