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US Sire Runaway Groom Pensioned At 28
In the US, Gr1-winning stallion Runaway Groom (sire of 18 graded stakes-winners including champion sprinter & sire Cherokee Run) "has been pensioned at age 28 at Vinery in Kentucky," reported thoroughbredtimes.com. Ontario-bred Runaway Groom (Blushing Groom-Yonnie Girl, by Call The Witness) was Canada's 1982 Champion 3YO colt, after winning 2-of-3-legs in the Canadian Triple Crown plus the US Gr1 Travers Stakes (where he defeated all 3 of America's classic-winning colts from that year: Gr1 Kentucky Derby winner Gato Del Sol, Gr1 Preakness Stakes winner Aloma's Ruler & Gr1 Belmont Stakes winner & Horse-Of-The-Year Conquistador Cielo). Runaway Groom stood at Vinery since 1991 & general manager Tom Ludt confirmed: "Runaway Groom has been a fixture on leading sire lists for 2 decades. When it became apparent that his age was bothering him, we felt we had to make the decision to retire him from stud duty." Runaway Groom won 6 of 18 starts (on turf & dirt from 6.5-12 furlongs) & earned US$347,537. He has sired 674 winners (70 stakes-winners) from 1,097 foals of racing age for US$54,479,630 progeny earnings. His sons at stud include Cherokee Run, Gr1 winners Down The Aisle & Wekiva Springs, plus G3-winner Najran.