My Pal Charlie retired to stud in Louisiana

Friday, October 30, 2009
My Pal Charlie has been retired from racing and will return to Louisiana to stand stud in the state where he set a stakes record while winning the prestigious Super Derby (G2) a year ago.  In winning Super Derby XXIX, My Pal Charlie joined an impressive list of past winners, such as leading sires Tiznow, Arch, Seeking the Gold and Sunday Silence.  My Pal Charlie will stand 2010 at Elite Thoroughbreds in Folsom, La. for a fee of $3,000.

A son of hot sire Indian Charlie, My Pal Charlie hails from the Halo mare Shahalo, making him a full brother to the Florida-based sire Bwana Charlie, a Grade 2 winner of $388,850, and a half brother to Grade 3 winner Bwana Bull. Purchased by B. Wayne Hughes for $300,000 at the 2006 Keeneland September yearling sale, My Pal Charlie raced in the Spendthrift colors under the care of trainer Al Stall Jr.

At three, he broke his maiden and won an allowance race in back-to-back starts at Fair Grounds before finishing second to Grade 1 winner Pyro in the Louisiana Derby (G2) after setting the pace. My Pal Charlie returned to Louisiana later in the season and turned in a breakthrough performance, impressively winning the $515,000 Super Derby (G2) in stakes-record time of 1:48.36 for 1 1/8 miles. He defeated runner-up Macho Again, a Grade 1 winner, by 4 ¼ lengths.

In his final start at three, My Pal Charlie faced older horses for the first time and ran a close fourth in the $1 million Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile at Santa Anita, finishing just 1 ¾ lengths behind Grade 1 winner Albertus Maximus.

This year as a 4-year-old, My Pal Charlie competed in eight straight graded stakes races at six different racetracks from distances of six furlongs to 1 1/8 miles. He finished third in the Commonwealth S. (G2) at seven furlongs on the Polytrack at Keeneland before finishing second in the Churchill Downs H. (G2) on Kentucky Derby day at seven furlongs over a sloppy Churchill main track. My Pal Charlie then ran a close fourth in the Met Mile (G1) at Belmont, finishing 1 ½ lengths back while recording a 105 Beyer Speed Figure.

He recently finished fourth beaten just 1 ½ lengths in the Forego H. (G1) behind Pyro and multiple Grade 1 winner Kodiak Kowboy.

“My Pal Charlie had great success in Louisiana during his racing career, and we feel like he’ll be popular with the Louisiana breeders,” said Ken Wilkins, stallion director at Spendthrift Farm. “This horse checks all the boxes: he has a fashionable pedigree, is a lovely individual that was sound throughout his career, and most of all he possessed quality speed and performed at a high level on the racetrack.”

Elite Thoroughbreds’ Michelle Rodriguez said: “We’re delighted that My Pal Charlie is coming home to Louisiana. He was a tremendous racehorse and we’re thrilled to stand him at Elite. All breeders are invited to come out and inspect him.”
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