12/01/2016 4:26PM

V.E. Day retired, will stand at Waldorf Farm in New York

Barbara D. Livingston
V.E. Day won $1 million during his 17-race career.

Travers Stakes winner V.E. Day has been retired and will enter stud at Waldorf Farm in North Chatham, N.Y. A son of turf champion English Channel, V.E. Day will stand for an introductory fee of $6,500.

V.E. Day, a winner on both turf and dirt, most recently campaigned in France, finishing on the board in three of four starts this season. He concludes his career with a record of 17-4-3-3 and earnings of $1,044,061. The horse scored his signature triumph when nosing out Wicked Strong in the 2014 Travers. Both were trained by Jimmy Jerkens.

“V. E. Day was a beautiful chestnut colt with a gorgeous shoulder and a stride that covered immense ground,” Jerkens said. “He ascended the 3-year-old ranks in early summer in leaps and bounds as was evident by his big wins in the Curlin and Travers. He was absolutely sound and had a mind to match. He will always be one of my favorites.”

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V.E. Day also won the 2014 Curlin Stakes at Saratoga, and finished second in both the Grade 2 Brooklyn Handicap and the Temperence Hill Invitational Stakes at Belmont last year.

V.E. Day, from a female line cultivated by Darby Dan Farm, is from the extended family of multiple Grade 1 winner Brian’s Time, a leading sire in Japan; European champion and stakes producer Ryafan; champion Sunshine Forever; Grade 1 winner Andover Way, the dam of prominent sire Dynaformer; sire Darby Creek Road, whose offspring included Graceful Darby; Grade 1 winner and sire Offlee Wild; and Grade 1-winning turf fillies Memories of Silver, Winter Memories, and Time and Motion.