Stay Thirsty to Ashford

Brilliant Travers Stakes winner Stay Thirsty will retire to stand at Ashford Stud for the 2013 season. The Todd Pletcher-trained son of Bernardini ran a huge race in Saturday’s Jockey Club Gold Cup Invitational and a decision will be made on the remainder of his racing career in the near future.

“He’s an awesome horse whose record speaks for itself and I’m delighted he’ll be joining Uncle Mo at Ashford,” commented owner Mike Repole. “As 2-year-olds, they were together at Newcastle Farm in Florida, then they both went to Todd Pletcher at the same time, they were my first two horses in the [2010 GI] Breeders’ Cup [Juvenile] and they had there 3-year-old campaigns together. I am so fortunate to own one horse of this caliber, never mind two in the same crop.”

“There was a point in time when Stay Thirsty was definitely the best three-year-old in the country. His performances in both the Travers and the Jim Dandy were right out of the top drawer. He’s a very good looking horse and he put in a very good work so we had to go to $500,000 to get him as a two-year-old,” said trainer Todd Pletcher.

“Stay Thirsty has it all. A very fast two-year-old, he was brilliant at three and at Belmont on Saturday he showed he retains all his ability. He’s by a much sought after stallion in Bernardini and he’s out of a real blue hen mare in Marozia who has produced three Grade 1 horses and invariably gets great-looking stock,” said Ashford Stud Manager Dermot Ryan, “he’s a great addition to our roster.”

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