07/12/2014 11:42AM

Shakin It Up retired, will stand at Spendthrift

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.

Em Duett More than 1 year ago
I stopped by Spendthrift yesterday to see him. Looked terrific. Very handsome colt. Looks much like sire Midnight Lute. No "reason" for retirement.
james More than 1 year ago
Appears to be yet another very fast and equally unsound American thoroughbred. We seem to have a lot of this type being bred. I wonder what characteristics his offspring will possess.
Walter More than 1 year ago
Who is he? What did he do to make himself famous?
TheRaiderFan More than 1 year ago
Won 3 graded stakes and over $600,000. What have you done to make yourself famous?
DD PR More than 1 year ago
Grade 3? , they are not grade 1's.
Chad mc rory More than 1 year ago
They can take him to POS.
jon g More than 1 year ago
Bob Bafferts theme song is "Another one bites the dust"
Chris Enlaplaya More than 1 year ago
there's nothing mentioned in the story as to why exactly #ShakinItUp was retired. Seems odd for a horse as good as the owners tout him to be. And he was a good horse. I remain in the dark. i never like seeing such young horses retired without a "good" reason, it's a loss for the game. #horseracing #sports
Megan Grant More than 1 year ago
There's no financial gain to retiring a horse after the stud season has ended. I think it's clear the horse is injured but the connections are choosing not to disclose it.
Electrocutionst More than 1 year ago
He got pulled up from injury when finishing 4th in the Met Mile. As soon as that race was over, I said to myself, he's finished.
Crystal David More than 1 year ago
Good competitive horses don't retire mid-season without an injury. I think they should be required to disclose what it is but they aren't. It doesn't seem too serious though if he will be available for inspection this weekend.....?