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Multiple G1-winning millionaire Brody’s Cause retires to Spendthrift

October 11, 2016

Brody’s Cause, the Grade 1-winning 2-year-old and 3-year-old son of Giant’s Causeway, has been retired from racing and will enter stud at B. Wayne Hughes’ Spendthrift Farm as the newest participant in the Share The Upside program for 2017.

“Brody’s Cause ticks all the boxes in terms of the credentials needed to make a top sire,” said Ned Toffey, Spendthrift General Manager. “He’s one of the best-looking sons of proven sire of sires Giant’s Causeway that you’ll ever see, and he won prestigious Grade 1 races at two and three. We believe it’s another terrific opportunity to get in on a stallion prospect with huge potential through our Share The Upside program, and we expect he’ll be popular.”

The Share The Upside fee for Brody’s Cause will be $15,000 on a two-year commitment, and breeders will earn a lifetime breeding right beginning in 2019 after having two live foals and paying the stud fees. For breeders not interested in the Share The Upside program, Brody’s Cause will be offered for $12,500 on a standard stands and nurses contract. As always, Share The Upside opportunities are limited and offered on a first-come, first-served basis.

Campaigned by owner Albaugh Family Stable and trainer Dale Romans, Brody’s Cause captured his biggest victories in Keeneland’s $500,000 Breeders’ Futurity (G1) at two and $1,000,000 Blue Grass S. (G1) at three, joining Carpe Diem as the only two horses to win both of Keeneland’s top races for 2-year-olds and 3-year-olds on dirt since Round Table in 1957.

Brody’s Cause proved to be precocious and one of the leading juveniles of his crop. He broke his maiden at a mile at Churchill Downs in his first start on the dirt, before shipping to Keeneland to win the Breeders’ Futurity just three weeks later. In the latter, Brody’s Cause outkicked Exaggerator in the stretch to post a one-length victory over the eventual Preakness winner, running 1 1/16 miles in 1:43.27 – the fastest Breeders’ Futurity on dirt since 2000. He closed out his 2-year-old season with a fast-closing third in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (G1) behind champion Nyquist.

As a 3-year-old, Brody’s Cause became a millionaire with a powerful victory in the 1 1/8-mile Blue Grass, streaking clear from a full field of 14 to win going away by 1 ¾ lengths. He moved his earnings to $1,168,138, and the victory made Brody’s Cause one of Giant’s Causeway’s most accomplished sons on dirt at both two and three.

Brody’s Cause has taken up residence at Spendthrift and is available for inspection. A $350,000 yearling purchase, Brody’s Cause is out of the multiple stakes-placed mare Sweet Breanna, and hails from the family of Secretariat and Cure the Blues.

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