10/01/2012 3:17PM

Stay Thirsty to stand at Ashford Stud after one more race

Tom Keyser
Stay Thirsty will race one more time this year and then stand at Ashford Stud next year.

Stay Thirsty, who emerged from the shadow of his more celebrated stablemate Uncle Mo to become a Grade 1 winner, will rejoin Uncle Mo in his next career as a stallion at Ashford Stud in Kentucky, owner Mike Repole said Monday.

Stay Thirsty, who ran a gutsy race when beaten a head by Flat Out in Saturday’s Grade 1, $1 million Jockey Club Gold Cup at Belmont Park, will race once more before being retired, Repole said. In no particular order, Repole said he and trainer Todd Pletcher are considering the Breeders’ Cup Classic, the BC Dirt Mile – both on Nov. 3 at Santa Anita – or the Grade 1, $350,000 Cigar Mile on Nov. 24 at Aqueduct for Stay Thirsty’s final race.

Stay Thirsty, a grand-looking son of Bernardini, has a record of 4-5-1 from 16 starts and earnings of $1,726,000.

At 2, he was second in the Grade 1 Hopeful. At 3, he won the Grade 3 Gotham, the Grade 2 Jim Dandy, and the Grade 1 Travers. He was second in the Belmont Stakes.

Though he is winless this year, Stay Thirsty set the pace and repelled three early challenges in the Jockey Club Gold Cup before getting passed in the final three strides by Flat Out. He earned a career-best Beyer of 109.

“No doubt the Travers was the highlight of owning Stay Thirsty, but the race that was the most impressive that he ever competed in by far was the Jockey Club Gold Cup,” said Repole, who will retain a minority ownership interest in Stay Thirsty. “He ran too good to be second.”

Repole said the $500,000 he spent to buy Stay Thirsty was the most he ever paid for a horse “and I got every penny of thrills from it,” Repole said.

Repole said that Uncle Mo and Stay Thirsty were the two horses that put his stable on the map, and he’s happy to have them together again. Uncle Mo retired to Ashford last year.

“I hope I own a lot of good horses, but there’ll be no horses that mean more to me than Uncle Mo and Stay Thirsty,” Repole said. “That they’re together again is just an amazing feeling. They couldn’t be on a better farm than Coolmore’s Ashford.”

Pletcher said: “To me, he has all the ingredients of some of the other successful stallions we have out there. He was a good 2-year-old, he’s tenacious, remarkably sound horse. If he’s able to pass on those genetics, it’s what you’re looking for as a trainer and as a breeder.”

HorseToWatch More than 1 year ago
I'm surprised they're not considering the BC Marathon. He'd have no chance in the races they mentioned above.
Perl More than 1 year ago
He will get destroyed in the Classic. He's leaving NY for one. For two he's not fast enough. For three, he won't be able to coast on the front end.
chad mc rory More than 1 year ago
I'm just hopeful that he CAN walk away.
Five More than 1 year ago
yeah....he probably can walk away....but not as a winner.
ATOWN WHAT More than 1 year ago
I have no problem with owners retiring their horses when they want to, but after the horse runs his or her best race? Please.
Five More than 1 year ago
He just did......that's it.....he just peaked for 1 race.
Chris Rush More than 1 year ago
Geez people ,give it a rest.Repole is not the worst thing to happen to this game,and he doesn't need the money ,let alone screw up good stock for wins...He wanted in the worst way for Uncle Mo to make the Derby but he couldn't,then bought the horse back for another try til it was time to stop with him.With Stay Thirsty he let the horse do what he could do,and won some nice races with him too.I wish Stay Thirsty would keep going for 3 more yrs. ,but don't know if he's got it anymore.Better to retire them and not let them get injured ,than be greedy & look for more trophies/blankets.BTW-thanks Mr. Repole for taking time @ last yrs. Breeders Cup to take a few pics with me at gift shop Mark D.
Alex More than 1 year ago
Repole should be embarrassed. If this is his plan for when he has good horses, I hope he never owns another one. Mike, the sports thanks you for nothing.
David Robinson More than 1 year ago
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Amy Hurley More than 1 year ago
It would be pretty difficult for him to "win another Travers." Think about it...
David Robinson More than 1 year ago
really? as many comments as i see you make on here, and you dont have the brains to know the travers is for 3 year olds only? and as far as continuity goes, see my previous comment.
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David Robinson More than 1 year ago
charm of the track in new yok is kind of an oxymoron. nice place when a gr. 1 prestigous race like the jockey club gold cup attracts 8,000 fans. and new yorkers say ca. racing is dead?
Albert More than 1 year ago
Win another Travers? He'll have to fly backwards in time like Superman. It's for three year olds the last time I looked.
Five More than 1 year ago
anonymous, "win another Travers"......... "one of the best in the last 3 years"...... You're either a rookie or underqualified......... you're fired.........get out.
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Cathy More than 1 year ago
I really liked this horse early in his career, but it is a proven fact, he doesn't run well outside of New York, look for him at Aqueduct, not Santa Anita.
BrandonLayer More than 1 year ago
The past two Classic winners were second in the JCGC. Stay Thirsty seems like a good horse rounding into his best form like Drosslemeyer last year. They don't seem very confident in him though. Seems going to the Classic would be a no brained after the race he ran Saturday but they're on the fence.