Preakness hero Exaggerator retired to WinStar
Exaggerator: son of Curlin is a three-time Grade 1 winner
PICTURE: Jessie Holmes/EquiSport Classic hero Exaggerator retired to WinStar Farm
By Martin Stevens 7:33PM 10 OCT 2016
THIS year's Preakness Stakes hero Exaggerator has been retired from racing and will enter stud at WinStar Farm in Kentucky.
The son of Curlin was trained by Keith Desormeaux and was among the best of his generation at two, when he won the Grade 2 Saratoga Special Stakes and Grade 3 Delta Down Jackpot Stakes, and finished second in the Grade 1 Breeders' Futurity and fourth in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile.
At three Exaggerator won the Santa Anita Derby by six and a quarter lengths before finishing second to Nyquist in the Kentucky Derby.
Exaggerator went one place better in the Preakness Stakes, demoting Nyquist to third, and claimed a third Grade 1 in the Haskell Invitational.
"We could not be more excited to add another classic winner of the calibre of Exaggerator to the WinStar stallion roster," said the farm's president and CEO Elliott Walden.
"He's a sound horse that passes all physical exams, but as the only three-year-old to test all the Triple Crown races and summer Classics, he's a horse that is asking us for a rest.
"The fact he remains sound after 15 big-time starts in the last 16 months is a testament to his ability, consistency, fortitude, and class.
"He is an extreme racehorse – a tough, durable throwback to the old days, like his sire Curlin."
Exaggerator was bred by Joseph B Murphy out of the stakes-placed Vindication mare Dawn Raid, a half-sister to Canadian champion Embur's Song.
His covering fee will be announced at a later date.