Grade 1 winner Victor's Cry and Grade 2 winner Wilburn have both been retired from racing and purchased by B. Wayne Hughes' Spendthrift Farm. Wilburn will stand at the Lexington-based farm in 2012, while Victor's Cry will join Breeders' Cup champion Court Vision at Michael Byrne's Park Stud in Canada for the 2012 breeding season.
“We're excited to offer Wilburn and Victor's Cry through our popular Share The Upside program,” said Spendthrift Farm stallion director Ken Wilkins. “Both are very talented racehorses and grand-looking individuals by two of the hottest sires in the world.”
Ned Toffey, Spendthrift Farm general manager, invitingly added: “Wilburn and Victor's Cry are at the farm for viewing along with our other stallions, including the recently-retired Tizway and Court Vision. We invite people to come out to see them and have breakfast with us Friday morning from 8:30-10. The stallions will also be shown every day from 11-3 in the afternoon at the farm during our Open House, which will go through the end of the Keeneland November sale next Thursday.”
Wilburn is the first son of leading second-crop sire Bernardini to retire to stud. The imposing 3-year-old colt owns five wins, including the $300,000 Smarty Jones S. and $500,000 Indiana Derby (G2). He won the latter by 4 ¾ lengths, defeating Preakness (G1) winner Shackelford and multiple Grade 1 winner & Breeders' Cup victor Caleb's Posse. Wilburn is a $625,000 sale-topping 2-year-old and hails from the graded stakes winner and multiple graded stakes-producer, Moonlight Sonata.
Victor's Cry is a multiple graded stakes winner and Grade 1-winning miler by top sire Street Cry (Ire). He scored his biggest win in the 2010 Shoemaker Mile (G1) at Hollywood Park, stopping the clock in 1:32 4/5 and earning a 105 Beyer. He also captured the Citation H. (G2) at Hollywood and was runner-up in the 1 1/8-mile Eddie Read H. (G1) at Del Mar a year ago. He retires with six wins and earnings of $762,021.
Stud fees for all Spendthrift stallions, including Wilburn and Victor's Cry, will be announced soon. For inquiries on these stallions and Spendthrift's Share The Upside program, contact Spendthrift Farm.