07/12/2014 10:42AM

Shakin It Up retired, will stand at Spendthrift

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Benoit & Associates
Shakin It Up wins the Strub earlier this year at Santa Anita.

Grade 1 winner Shakin It Up has been retired by owners Mike Pegram and Dennis Cardoza and will stand the 2015 breeding season at B. Wayne Hughes’s Spendthrift Farm in Lexington, Ky. The 4-year-old son of Midnight Lute will stand for a $10,000 fee, payable when the foal stands and nurses.

Shakin It Up will also participate in Spendthrift’s Share the Upside program, which offers a lifetime breeding right to a stallion for early support. His 2015 fee for that option will be $12,500.

Shakin It Up won 4 of 10 starts in three seasons of racing and earned $664,982. Trained by Bob Baffert, he won the Grade 2 San Vicente Stakes and the Grade 1 Malibu Stakes last year at 3 and took the Grade 2 Strub Stakes earlier this year. Shakin It Up finished fourth in the Grade 1 Metropolitan Handicap on June 7 at Belmont in his final career start.

Bred by Pegram, Shakin It Up is out of the unraced Vindication mare Silver Bullet Moon, a daughter of Pegram’s champion Silverbulletday. Pegram also co-owned Midnight Lute, champion sprinter of 2007.

“Physically, Shakin It Up is a striking comparison to his sire, Midnight Lute, and he also showed his sire’s brilliance, versatility, and class on the racetrack,” said Ken Wilkins, Spendthrift’s director of stallions. “He also reminded us a lot of [Spendthrift sire] Into Mischief, who was a brilliant, precocious, top-class runner in California by an exciting young sire [Harlan’s Holiday] at the time we retired him to stud.”

Shakin It Up will be at Spendthrift Farm and available for inspection Saturday, July 12, and Sunday, July 13, prior to the nearby Fasig-Tipton Kentucky July sale on July 14.