11/17/2016 7:31PM

Tourist retired, to stand for $12,500 at WinStar Farm

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Barbara D. Livingston
Tourist won $2.1 million during his racing career, including the Breeders' Cup Mile.

Tourist, the winner of this year’s Breeders’ Cup Mile, was confirmed to be retired by WinStar Farm on Thursday, and will debut at stud at the operation’s Versailles, Ky., farm for the 2017 breeding season for an advertised fee of $12,500.

Elliot Walden, WinStar Farm’s CEO, said Tourist was a probable candidate to enter stud in the moments immediately following his Breeders’ Cup win on Nov. 5, but that the final decision was to be made after meeting with the colt’s ownership group, which also included Adam Wachtel and Gary Barber.

The partnership added Don Alberto Corp. in the time between the Breeders’ Cup and Tourist’s announced retirement.

“We are extremely excited about the opportunity to participate in Tourist and with WinStar, and we already have several broodmares lined up to go to him,” said Fernando Diaz-Valdez, advisor to Don Alberto Corp. “Tourist beat nine Grade 1 winners from all around the world in the fastest Breeders’ Cup Mile ever run, so we see him as a horse that will have tremendous international appeal.”

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Tourist, a 5-year-old son of Tiznow, retires with 6 wins in 18 career starts for earnings of $2,170,340. In addition to his Breeders’ Cup victory, Tourist won the Grade 1 Fourstardave Handicap and the non-graded More Than Ready Mile and Sir Cat Stakes. Trained by Bill Mott, the horse also placed in five additional Grade 1 races.

Bred in Kentucky by WinStar Farm, Tourist is out of the winning Unbridled’s Song mare Unbridled Melody, whose four foals to race are all black type winners, also including stakes winners Harlan’s Harmony, Mountain Music Man, and Michael With Us.

Tourist is from the extended family of Grade 3 winners One Mean Man and Mizz Money, as well as Grade 1-placed Unbridled Express.

“He has always possessed all the best attributes of Tiznow, who we’re convinced is going to be an important sire of sires,” Walden said. “We have long believed Tourist and Gemologist had what it took to carry on the sire line, and we’re seeing that now with Gemologist and his first 2-year-olds.

“When breeders see Tourist for the first time on the end of a shank, they’ll see what I’m talking about,” Walden continued. “Physically, he’s a terrific blend of Tiznow’s size and strength, with Unbridled’s Song’s quality and balance. WinStar will heavily support Tourist with our broodmare band.”

Tourist has returned to WinStar Farm after the Breeders’ Cup, and is immediately available for inspection.