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Gr1 Winner Danza Retires To Spendthrift
Danza, last year's impressive Gr1 Arkansas Derby winner and troubled third-place finisher in the Kentucky Derby, has been retired from racing and will stand the 2016 breeding season at B. Wayne Hughes' Spendthrift Farm, where he'll be the newest participant in the Share The Upside Program. The Share The Upside fee for Danza will be US$5,500 stands & nurses, and breeders will earn a lifetime breeding right to the Grade 1-winning son of Street Boss after breeding a mare in each of the first two years, producing two live foals, and paying both stud fees at US$5,500 each on a stands & nurses basis. Danza's 2016 fee on a traditional, one-time contract will be US$4,000 stands & nurses. "We are excited about the opportunity to stand such a talented Grade 1 winner as Danza," said Hughes. "Simply put, he was one of the best racehorses of his crop, and showed it at both two and three. His tremendous looks match the ability, and I invite breeders to come out to the farm to see him. We believe he'll be well received, particularly through our Share The Upside Program." Danza emerged as a leading contender for the Kentucky Derby in just his fourth lifetime start, dominating the US$1 million Gr1 Arkansas Derby with a 4.25-length victory over an accomplished field that included Breeders' Cup Classic winner Bayern, Gr1 winner Strong Mandate, and Preakness Stakes runner-up Ride On Curlin, among others. Three weeks later, Danza went on to finish third in the Run for the Roses at Churchill Downs after overcoming an unlucky, traffic-impaired trip from start to finish in the Classic. Campaigned by Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners, Danza retires with 2 wins from 5 starts and US$866,428 prize money. Bred in Kentucky by Liberation Farm and Brandywine Farm, Danza is out of the stakes-placed French Deputy mare Champagne Royale, and is a half-brother to Grade 1 winner Majestic Harbor.