08/05/2011 1:45PM

Spendthrift to stand Dublin in New York

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Dublin, recently retired winner of the 2009 Hopeful Stakes, will enter stud next year in New York.

B. Wayne Hughes’s Spendthrift Farm has purchased Dublin, a 4-year-old Afleet Alex colt, and will stand him at Keane Stud in Amenia, N.Y. The colt will be available for breeders to inspect on Aug. 12 at 5:30 p.m. at Fasig-Tipton’s Saratoga Springs, N. Y., sales grounds. Spendthrift will set his fee later.

Dublin’s assignment in New York represents the Kentucky-based Spendthrift’s first expansion into the Empire State breeding business and comes on the heels of other farms’ incursions. Vinery and Adena Springs also have launched significant programs there in recent months as New York awaits the debut of gaming machines at Aqueduct racetrack outside Manhattan.

Dublin is out of the Grade 1-winning Storm Bird mare Classy Mirage. Campaigned by Robert C. Baker and William L. Mack, he won 2 of 11 starts for earnings of $438,949. In addition to his Hopeful win, he also was runner-up in 2010’s Southwest Stakes and finished third in two more Kentucky Derby prep races that season, the Grade 1 Arkansas Derby and the Grade 2 Rebel Stakes. He is a half-brother to record-setter and Grade 2-placed Mike’s Classic.