Multimillionaire By My Standards retires to Spendthrift

November 9, 2021

By My Standards | 2021 at Spendthrift | Autry Graham photo

By My Standards | 2021 at Spendthrift | Autry Graham photo

Allied Racing’s By My Standards, the 4-time Grade 2 winner and earner of $2,294,430, has been retired from racing and will enter stud at Spendthrift Farm where the son of Goldencents will stand the 2022 breeding season for a fee of $7,500 S&N.

“By My Standards came up with a quarter crack that was going to force us to miss the rest of our goals before the breeding season, so the decision was made for him to retire,” said Chester Thomas, owner & manager of Allied Racing Stable. “It’s a bittersweet day because this is a special horse who deserved to win a Grade 1 and was very unlucky not to. However, I’m proud he is retiring happy and healthy, and I couldn’t be more excited about him going to Spendthrift where he’ll get the best opportunity to become a great sire, just like his sire and grandsire there.”

Spendthrift general manager Ned Toffey added: “We are thrilled to be able to stand By My Standards and are thankful to Chester for the opportunity. Obviously, this is a sire line we know very well and just have tremendous confidence in. By My Standards really embodies the heart and ability that have become so signature to the Into Mischief line. In fact, only his sire Goldencents and Authentic have higher earnings than By My Standards among all the great racehorses from the Into Mischief sire line. Everyone who got in on the Share The Upside program for Into Mischief and Goldencents has enjoyed a lot of success, and we believe By My Standards is the next in line. I invite all breeders to come out and see him during the November sales, as he will be available for inspection immediately and will be shown November 10-19 daily from 1-3pm.”

By My Standards will participate in Spendthrift’s renowned “Share The Upside” breeding program for a fee of $8,500 for one year. Additionally, breeders must breed one mare in 2023 on a complimentary basis. After the breeder has a live foal in 2023, pays the stud fee, and breeds a mare back, he or she will earn a lifetime breeding right beginning in 2024.

Trained by Bret Calhoun, By My Standards broke his maiden and jumped straight into the $1,000,000 Louisiana Derby (G2) a month later, taking down that major Triple Crown prep race over eventual Kentucky Derby winner Country House and eventual Preakness winner War of Will. He ran the 1 1/8 miles in 1:49.53 which marked the second fastest in 84 runnings of the Louisiana Derby at that distance.

As a 4-year-old, he captured his first three starts of the year including decisive victories in the $400,000 New Orleans Classic (G2) at Fair Grounds and $600,000 Oaklawn Handicap (G2), running 1 1/8 miles in 1:47.80 in the latter to mark the fastest Oaklawn Handicap since Medaglia d’Oro in 2003. By My Standards went on to score his fourth Grade 2 win in the $400,000 Alysheba (G2) at Churchill, defeating multiple Grade 1 winner McKinzie. He also was runner-up in Saratoga’s prestigious Whitney Handicap (G1) and in Churchill’s Stephen Foster (G2).

This year, By My Standards won the $400,000 Oaklawn Mile in his seasonal debut before finishing runner-up in the storied Met Mile (G1) at Belmont, beaten a length after a troubled trip. He retires to Spendthrift with a record of 7-5-1 from 17 starts, defeating 27 Graded winners in his 7 victories including 5 Grade 1 winners, 2 classic winners, and 10 Grade 2 winners. Only Horse of the Year Authentic ($7,201,200) and By My Standards’ sire Goldencents ($3,044,000) earned more among all racehorses hailing from the Into Mischief sire line.

A $150,000 OBS 2-year-old purchased by agent Josh Stevens, By My Standards is one of two millionaires from the first crop of emerging young sire Goldencents. He is out of the multiple Santa Anita stakes winner and earner of $469,956, A Jealous Woman.

For more information about By My Standards or the Share The Upside program, please contact Des, Mark, or Brian at 859-294-0030, or visit SpendthriftFarm.com. Breeders’ inspections will be conducted from Nov. 10-19 at 1-3pm daily.