Spendthrift Farm has purchased Dublin and will stand the recently retired Grade 1 winner at Keane Stud in Amenia, NY for the upcoming 2012 breeding season.
“New York breeders should be very familiar with Dublin. He was a dynamic Grade 1 winner in that state, as were both his sire, Afleet Alex, and dam, Classy Mirage,” said Ned Toffey, Spendthrift Farm General Manager. “On top of his ability and pedigree, Dublin is also a must-see individual, and we invite people to come out and see him next Friday at the Saratoga sales grounds.”
The decision will allow Spendthrift to expand into New York and introduce the farm's popular Share the Upside program to the local market.
“We're thrilled to be able to offer New York breeders our Share the Upside program, and Dublin is a great first horse to do just that,” said B. Wayne Hughes, owner of Spendthrift.
Dublin was a leading 2-year-old and 3-year-old of his class. He scored his biggest win at two in the Hopeful S. (G1) at Saratoga a month after impressively breaking his maiden at that track in 1:09 2/5. His Hopeful time of 1:23 2/5 was faster than that of his champion sire Afleet Alex, who also captured the Hopeful five years prior.
At three, Dublin placed in all three major Kentucky Derby preps at Oaklawn Park, including the Arkansas Derby (G1), while competing against such top 3-year-olds as Lookin At Lucky.
Dublin - Wins the Hopeful (G1)
A $525,000 yearling, Dublin hails from the Storm Bird mare Classy Mirage, a Grade 1 winner and five-time graded winner in New York.
“(Dublin) was my No. 1 pick (at the 2008 Keeneland September Sale),” said D. Wayne Lukas, Hall of Fame trainer. “He's one of the best-looking horses I ever trained.”
A stud fee will be announced at a later date. Dublin is currently at Saratoga and will be available for inspection at the Fasig-Tipton Saratoga sales grounds Friday, August 12 at 5:30 pm. He will also be available for private inspection by appointment only. For inquiries on Dublin, or more information about the Share the Upside program, contact Spendthrift Farm.