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US Dual Gr1 Winner Carpe Diem Retired
In US breeding news, Stonestreet Stables' & WinStar Farm's Carpe Diem, Giant's Causeway's Gr1-winning son at two and three, has been retired from racing due to a knee chip. Winner of the Gr1 Breeders Futurity & Gr1 Bluegrass Stakes (see below), the US$1.6 million sale topper at last year's OBS March sale is out of multiple Gr1-producing mature Rebridled Dreams, and retires with over US$1.5 million earnings. He will stand stud in 2016 at WinStar Farm in Versailles, Kentucky, for a fee yet to be announced. "Carpe Diem was a standout physical at the 2-year-olds-in-training sales, and quickly demonstrated his precocious speed, breaking his maiden at first asking as a juvenile at Saratoga," said Barbara Banke, owner of Stonestreet Farm. "His multiple Gr1-winning performances at two and three were truly impressive. Carpe Diem offers breeders a great opportunity with conformation, speed, and stamina all packaged within an outstanding pedigree. We have enjoyed running the colt with the Troutt family, and look forward to standing him at their WinStar Farm where we will support him with some of our best mares." Elliott Walden, WinStar President & CEO, said: "Carpe Diem is as good as any young horse WinStar has ever been involved with, and it's always bittersweet when you retire a colt of his quality, particularly knowing we likely never got to see his best. The positive is that he is an extremely exciting stallion prospect."