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Known Agenda, Florida Derby (G1) winner by Curlin, retires to Spendthrift

August 25, 2021

Known Agenda at Spendthrift Farm | Autry Graham photo

Known Agenda at Spendthrift Farm | Autry Graham photo

Known Agenda, the dominant winner of this year’s Florida Derby (G1), has been retired from racing and will take up stud duty at Spendthrift Farm in 2022.

The son of leading sire Curlin will stand for an introductory fee of $10,000 S&N and will be offered through the farm’s renowned “Share The Upside” program on a limited basis. He is available for inspection by appointment.

“Any time you can add a Florida Derby winner by Curlin with his looks and pedigree, you jump at the opportunity. Known Agenda ticks an awful lot of boxes, and the Florida Derby has produced a lot of very good sires, especially in recent history,” said Ned Toffey, Spendthrift general manager. “We are delighted to partner again with Vinnie Viola, who bred and raced this colt out of his Grade One-winning mare. Known Agenda is one of those rare classic-type Grade One winners that is by a Grade One winner and out of a Grade One winner. He reminded us quite a bit of Vino Rosso, another son of Curlin that we stand that Vinnie co-owned and campaigned with Todd Pletcher. If Known Agenda’s foals look anything like what we have seen from Vino Rosso, then the sky’s the limit.”

A homebred for Vinnie Viola’s St. Elias Stables, Known Agenda broke his maiden as a two-year-old last fall at Aqueduct, defeating eventual Fountain of Youth S. (G2) winner Greatest Honour. At three, he won a Gulfstream allowance race by 11 lengths before capturing the prestigious $750,000 Florida Derby going away by 2 ¾ lengths, stamping himself as a leading sophomore.

“We are excited to be standing Known Agenda, our first homebred to go to stud, at Spendthrift Farm,” said Viola. “This colt showed early promise at two and continued to move forward at three with a dominant victory in the Florida Derby. We are looking for him to continue the great tradition of Florida Derby winners going on to successful stud careers, and we plan on supporting him heavily in that mission.”

Known Agenda joined champion Essential Quality and Medina Spirit as the only Kentucky Derby contenders to run a 6 on the Ragozin Sheets heading into the Run for the Roses, where he would encounter a troubled trip breaking from the vaunted post No. 1.

An earner of $641,700, Known Agenda became the first Florida Derby winner for his sire Curlin. He is also a Grade One winner by a Grade One winner and out of a Grade One winner, as his dam Byrama captured the 2013 Vanity S. (G1) on the main track at Hollywood Park.

“Known Agenda reminded me a great deal of Vino Rosso. He possessed the qualities of some of the better Curlins we’ve had. He’s a good-sized, athletic, very well-balanced horse,” said trainer Todd Pletcher. “His Florida Derby win was ultra-impressive, and, obviously, that’s been a great race for us when you think of the colts that have gone on to become top sires like Scat Daddy and Constitution.”

For more information about Known Agenda or to set up an appointment for inspection, please contact Des, Mark, or Brian at 859-294-0030, or visit