12/15/2015 4:21PM

Stephen Got Even pensioned, to Old Friends

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Stephen Got Even, a Grade 1 winner and longtime resident of Lane’s End Farm in Versailles, Ky., has been pensioned from stallion duty and will reside at Old Friends Equine Retirement in Georgetown, Ky.

The 19-year-old son of A.P. Indy was initially scheduled to stand the 2016 breeding season for an advertised fee of $5,000 before the decision was made to retire him from stud duty.

“We got a call from Lane’s End a few weeks ago and they said they were going to pension Stephen Got Even and they’d spoken to the syndicate and they wanted to know if retirement at Old Friends would be an option,” said Old Friends founder and president Michael Blowen. “Of course, I said yes.”

Stephen Got Even is the sire of 12 crops of racing age, with 496 winners and combined progeny earnings of more than $42.1 million. He stood his entire career at Lane’s End, debuting for the 2000 breeding season.

Stephen Got Even’s top runners included Stevie Wonderboy, the champion 2-year-old male of 2005, as well as Grade 1 winners First Dude and I Want Revenge, Grade 2 winners Don’t Get Mad and For All We Know, and Grade 3 winners Steve’s Double. He was represented internationally by Panamanian champions Mr. Tommy, Excellent Shine, and Queen Pearl, as well as Puerto Rican champion Stephen Prospect.

Stephen Got Even was bred in Kentucky in a partnership between Lane’s End owner William S. Farish and William S. Kilroy, and was consigned by Lane’s End as agent at the 1997 Keeneland July yearling sale, where he sold to Steve Hilbert for $325,000.

Hilbert campaigned Steven Got Even throughout his on-track career with trainer Nick Zito, winning five of 11 starts for $1,019,200, highlighted by wins in the Grade 1 Donn Handicap and the Grade 2 Galleryfurniture.com Stakes. He also finished third in the Grade 1 Woodward Stakes.

“I saw him run a couple of times in person, and I’ve always really liked him,” Blowen said. “He was a really game horse.”

Stephen Got Even will be the second Old Friends resident to have previously stood at Lane’s End, following Gulch, who arrived in 2009.

“Stephen Got Even will be one of our younger stallions, and Gulch is about to turn 32, and he’s just doing magnificent,” Blowen said. “It’s just amazing.”