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Hopeful-G1 winner Basin retires to Spendthrift

September 16, 2021

Basin dominated the 2019 Hopeful-G1 by 6 1/2 lengths at Saratoga | NYRA photo

Basin dominated the 2019 Hopeful-G1 by 6 1/2 lengths at Saratoga | NYRA photo

Basin, the dominant winner of last year’s Hopeful S. (G1) at Saratoga, has been retired from racing and will stand stud at Spendthrift Farm for the 2022 breeding season.

The Grade 1-winning juvenile by Liam’s Map will stand for a fee of $7,500 S&N and is available for inspection. He also becomes the newest stallion that will participate in Spendthrift’s renowned “Share The Upside” program.

“We are excited to add Basin to the Spendthrift stallion ranks and to be able to offer breeders a horse of his caliber through our Share The Upside program,” said Ned Toffey, Spendthrift General Manager. “We pride ourselves on being able to offer quality at all levels, and we believe there’s a lot to like with this dominant Grade 1-winning 2-year-old by Liam’s Map.”

The Share The Upside fee for Basin will be $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.

Campaigned by Jackpot Farm, Basin impressively broke his maiden at Saratoga before going on to score a runaway 6 ½-length victory in the meet’s premier race for 2-year-old colts – the Grade 1 Hopeful – in his next start. He stopped the clock in 1:23.48 for the seven furlongs, closing out a juvenile campaign that saw him garner some Eclipse Award votes.

As a 3-year-old, Basin began the year on the Kentucky Derby trail, finishing runner-up to Charlatan in the Arkansas Derby (G1) after hitting the board behind Nadal in the Rebel Stakes (G2) at Oaklawn. He turned back to one turn to be runner-up to Grade 1 winner Yaupon in the Amsterdam S. (G2) at Saratoga. In 2021, Basin captured the Sir Shackleton S. at Gulfstream.

The first Grade 1 winner by promising young sire Liam’s Map, Basin retires to Spendthrift with earnings of $573,640. He hails from the multiple stakes-producing Johannesburg mare, Appenzell.

For more information about Basin, Spendthrift’s Share The Upside program, or to schedule an appointment for inspection, please contact Des, Mark, or Brian at 859-294-0030.