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Spendthrift acquires four-time G1 winner Court Vision


Friday, August 26, 2011

B. Wayne Hughes' Spendthrift Farm has acquired four-time Grade 1 winner Court Vision and turned the 6-year-old multimillionaire over to trainer Dale Romans for the remainder of the racing season before retiring him to stud in 2012.

“Court Vision is a very exciting stallion prospect and we're thrilled to be able to stand him,” said Ned Toffey, Spendthrift Farm general manager, “He's a very good-looking horse with a great deal of ability, and he's also very sound and very versatile, proven on dirt and turf. His pedigree is just tremendous, and we felt that he's really a pretty complete package.

“He will race through the end of the year and then retire,” Toffey added. “Stud plans are undetermined except to say that he'll be another horse in our Share The Upside program, which we're currently doing in New York and Kentucky.”

Court Vision is expected to make two more starts before his retirement, including defending his title in the Woodbine Mile (G1). The year-end goal is the Breeders' Cup Mile (G1) at Churchill.

Court Vision is a multiple graded-stakes winner on both dirt and turf, as well as being 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 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 $2,656,435. 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.

Stud plans will be announced upon retirement. For further inquiries, contact Des Dempsey, Ken Wilkins or Sean Feld at 859-294-0030.

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