Top California sire Unusual Heat pensioned
Top California sire Unusual Heat pensioned By Martin Stevens 1:13PM 11 OCT 2016
UNUSUAL HEAT, a perennial champion sire in California, has been retired from covering duty at Harris Farms at the age of 26.
The son of Nureyev – the state's all-time leading sire by progeny earnings – will reside at the stud as a pensioner.
Bred in Kentucky by John TL Jones, Unusual Heat was trained by Dermot Weld to win the Listed Amethyst Stakes, Glencairn Stakes and Platinum Stakes. He also finished second in the Group 3 Concorde Stakes.
The horse then returned to America to race for Richard Mandella and was later claimed for $80,000 by a partnership.
Unusual Heat stood his first year at Walter Greenman's farm in California and produced just 15 foals in his debut season. He later moved to Old English Rancho and joined the roster at Harris Farms in 2010.
Despite the inauspicious beginning to his stallion career, Unusual Heat went on to sire 399 winners who earned more than $42.4 million in prize-money.
He was California's leading sire by earnings every year from 2008 to 2013.
Unusual Heat's best representative is the US-bred Acclamation, a five-time Grade 1 winner including in the Charles Whittingham Memorial Handicap three times.
He is also the sire of Grade 1 winners Golden Doc A, The Usual QT and Unusual Suspect.
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