11/25/2011 1:17PM

Trappe Shot retired to Claiborne


The multiple stakes winner Trappe Shot has been retired from racing and will stand stud at Claiborne Farm in Paris, Ky., it was announced Friday.

Trappe Shot, a son of Tapit, won 6 of 12 career starts, including an 8 1/2-length victory in the Grade 2 True North at Belmont Park in June. His other stakes wins came in the Long Branch at Monmouth Park during his 3-year-old season and the Waldoboro, an overnight sprint stakes at Belmont in May. He also finished second to Lookin at Lucky in the 2010 Haskell Stakes at Monmouth. Trappe Shot finished his career with a fourth-place finish in the Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile.

One of Trappe Shot’s best races came in the Grade 1 Alfred G. Vanderbilt at Saratoga, where he finished second, beaten a nose by Sean Avery. He earned a 112 Beyer Speed Figure and a minus 1 1/2 Ragozin sheet number for the performance.

“Trappe Shot is a star of a horse to be around,” said trainer Kiaran McLaughlin. “His race in the Vanderbilt earned him the best Ragozin number of any horse I’ve ever been associated with. It was just bad luck he didn’t get a Grade 1 win. I believe he has everything it takes to make a very successful stallion.”

Agent Steve Young, who purchased Trappe Shot – a half-brother to the Grade 1 winning filly Miss Shop – for Nicholas Brady’s Mill House at the Timonium 2-year-old in training auction for $850,000, said the horse retires completely sound.

“He would have to be one of the more promising freshman sires,” Young said. “He’s a gorgeous, well-balanced, sound horse whose Thoro-Graph and Ragozin numbers were as fast as any horse that’s run in a long time.”

Trappe Shot will stand for $10,000 live foal and will be available for inspection next week.