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Breeders’ Cup & Eclipse Champions Vino Rosso and Mitole get first mares in foal

March 5, 2020

Vino Rosso at Spendthrift Farm | Autry Graham photo

Vino Rosso | Autry Graham photo

Spendthrift Farm’s 2019 Eclipse champions Vino Rosso & Mitole, winners of the Breeders’ Cup Classic-G1 and Sprint-G1 in their final respective starts, have both had their first mares confirmed in foal.

The Malibu Moon mare Shine Time checked in foal to Vino Rosso on Feb. 25th for breeders Pam & Jim Robinson at their Brandywine Farm in Paris, KY. Shine Time is a half-sister to Royal Mo, winner of the 2017 Robert B. Lewis-G3, and 2-year-old stakes winner Tara From the Cape.

Strike Accord, a stakes-placed Smart Strike mare, was the first to check in foal to Mitole on Feb. 28th at Frankfort Park Farm in Lexington, KY. Her second dam is the multiple graded stakes producer, Battle Creek Girl.

Mitole and Vino Rosso were responsible for the two fastest Beyer Speed Figures during the 2019 Breeders’ Cup, with Mitole recording a 112 Beyer and Vino Rosso a 111 Beyer. Both performances helped them earn Eclipse Award honors – Champion Male Sprinter for Mitole and Champion Older Dirt Male for Vino Rosso.

Campaigned by Repole Stable & St. Elias Stable, the multiple Grade 1-winning Vino Rosso also captured big victories in the Wood Memorial-G2 at three and Gold Cup at Santa Anita-G1 at four. He retired to Spendthrift with earnings of $4,803,125, making him Curlin’s all-time leading earner to date. Vino Rosso is standing his first season in 2020 for a fee of $30,000 S&N.

Mitole was the only male to win four Grade 1 races on dirt in 2019, including the esteemed Met Mile-G1, Churchill Downs S.-G1 on Kentucky Derby day and Saratoga’s Forego-G1, breaking a 40-year stakes record in the latter. Campaigned by Bill and Corinne Heiligbrodt, he retired to Spendthrift with earnings of $3,104,910 and is standing his first season for a fee of $25,000 S&N. Both stallions are booked full.