Mile hero Tourist to stand at Winstar Farm
Tourist (5): set a record-breaking time in the Breeders' Cup Mile
PICTURE: Edward Whitaker (racingpost.com/photos) Breeders' Cup winner Tourist joins Winstar By Ollie O'Donoghue 11:01AM 18 NOV 2016
TWO-TIME Grade 1-winning miler Tourist, the recent winner of the fastest Breeders' Cup Mile in history, has been retired from racing and will stand at his birthplace of WinStar Farm in Versailles, Kentucky.
Owners WinStar, Gary Barber, and Adam Wacthel have partnered with Don Alberto Corporation on the stallion career of the son of Tiznow, who will stand for a fee of $12,500 in 2017.
"It's a special feeling to bring Tourist home to stud after winning the fastest Breeders' Cup Mile in its 33-year history," said WinStar president Elliott Walden.
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"When you think about all the great milers – from fillies like Miesque, Goldikova, and Tepin, to horses like Lure, Royal Academy, Cozzene, and Wise Dan – that have participated in the Mile, it makes us extremely excited to launch the next chapter of Tourist's career.
"He has always possessed all the best attributes of Tiznow, who we're convinced is going to be an important sire of sires."
Fernando Diaz-Valdez, advisor to Don Alberto Corporation, said: "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."
Trained by Bill Mott, Tourist captured his two Grade 1 wins as a five-year-old in 2016. He earned his first top-level win with victory in the Fourstardave Handicap at Saratoga, defeating a trio of Grade 1 winners.
He returned to Santa Anita for the Breeders' Cup Mile and saw off a field of 14 in the prestigious event, beating champion Tepin by half a length and stopping the clock in 1min 32sec – just two one-hundredths off the Santa Anita course record. The final time established a new Breeders' Cup record for the fastest Mile in the storied 33-year history of the event.
A WinStar homebred, Tourist retires with a record of six wins and seven places from 18 starts. With $2,170,340 in career earnings, Tourist represents Tiznow's highest earner ever to retire to stud.
He is out of the Unbridled's Song mare Unbridled Melody, the dam of four stakes winners from five starters to date.
Tourist has returned to WinStar from the Breeders' Cup, and he is immediately available for inspection.
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