Leading sprinter Jimmy Creed has been retired from racing and will stand stud in 2014 at his owner B. Wayne Hughes’ Spendthrift Farm. A Grade 1 winner by leading sire Distorted Humor, Jimmy Creed was discovered to have sustained a minor injury to the sesamoidean ligament in his right front ankle. The setback would have required him to miss his year-end goal of the Breeders’ Cup Sprint (G1) on Nov. 2 at Santa Anita, so the decision was made to retire the 4-year-old colt.
“We were hopeful that we could bring Jimmy Creed home to stud after the Breeders’ Cup because the entire team was very excited about his chances in the Sprint, but it wasn’t meant to be,” said Ned Toffey, Spendthrift general manager. “The great news is that we’re going to be able to offer breeders what we believe is a tremendous opportunity to breed to an exciting stallion prospect through our Share The Upside program.”
Jimmy Creed scored his biggest career win last winter as a 3-year-old in the Malibu S. (G1) at Santa Anita, running seven furlongs in 1:20.36 on dirt. He followed up that performance by defeating older horses in the Potrero Grande H. (G2) this year at Santa Anita, running 6 ½ furlongs in 1:15.03 on dirt.
The chestnut son of Distorted Humor is out of the Grade 1-winning and multiple Grade 1-producing mare Hookedonthefeelin, also the dam of multiple Grade 1 winner Pussycat Doll and stakes winner Funny Feeling. A $900,000 Keeneland September yearling purchase, Jimmy Creed’s family remained active in 2013. His dam is a full sister to the dam of Acorn S. (G1) winner and top 3-year-old filly Midnight Lucky.
“Jimmy Creed is a gorgeous horse with great conformation and exceptional ability,” said Hall of Fame trainer Richard Mandella. “This horse was very fast and very classy, but unfortunately very unlucky too. Although I feel that the well was only half tapped, I think there’s a lucky side to that for the public to be able to breed to him for what will be a good value.”
Jimmy Creed, who retires with earnings of $439,250, has shipped to Spendthrift Farm where he’ll participate in Spendthrift’s Share The Upside program for 2014. His stands and nurses fee will be $12,500, and Jimmy Creed will be offered in limited quantity in the Share The Upside program for $13,500 S&N to breeders committed to breeding a mare in 2014 and 2015. For more information about Jimmy Creed or the Share The Upside program, contact Ken Wilkins, Des Dempsey, or Mark Toothaker at859-294-0030, or visit www.SpendthriftFarm.com.