Four-time Grade 1 winner Court Vision will be retired after the Breeders' Cup and will stand his first season at stud in 2012 at Michael Byrne's Park Stud in Ontario. Owned by Spendthrift Farm, the 6-year-old multimillionaire will start in the Nov. 5 Breeders' Cup Mile (G1) for the third consecutive year before calling it a career, and then will be offered in Spendthrift's Share The Upside program upon retirement.
“Court Vision possesses the pedigree, looks and race record that make him an attractive stallion prospect in any market,” said Ned Toffey, Spendthrift Farm general manager. “We've been continuously looking to expand on the Spendthrift brand and introduce our popular Share The Upside program to breeders in different regions, and Canada is a market with a terrific breeding program that we've had an interest in for some time. We feel like we finally have the perfect horse for that market with Court Vision, and we look forward to building relationships with Canadian breeders and sharing a great stallion prospect with them.”
Court Vision has enjoyed success in Canada, capturing one of his four Grade 1 wins in last year's Woodbine Mile (G1). A multiple graded-stakes winner on both dirt and turf, Court Vision was also a graded stakes winner every year from ages two to five.
He broke his maiden in his second start at two at Keeneland before reeling off back-to-back graded stakes wins on dirt in the Iroquois S. (G3) at Churchill and Remsen S. (G2) at Aqueduct to close out his juvenile campaign as one of the winter book favorites for the 2008 Kentucky Derby. As a 3-year-old, Court Vision placed in the Fountain of Youth S. (G2) and Wood Memorial (G1) on the Derby Trail before going on to win the Jamaica H. (G2) and Hollywood Derby (G1) on turf.
At four, he developed into a top miler, winning the Shadwell Turf Mile (G1) at Keeneland. Last year at 5, Court Vision collected a Grade 1 win for the third straight season when he won a pair of Grade 1s in the Gulfstream Park Turf H. (G1) and the aforementioned Woodbine Mile.
In all, he's won seven graded stakes among his eight lifetime wins, placed in another seven graded stakes, and earned $2,666,658. Court Vision also went through a stretch from three to five where he competed in 14 consecutive Grade 1 events.
A son of Gulch, Court Vision is out of a full sister to Summer Squall and half to champion sire A.P. Indy.
A fee will also be announced at a later date. For further inquiries or information about the Share The Upside program, contact Spendthrift Farm at 888-816-8787 or Park Stud at 519-941-3944.