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Klimt, Grade 1-winning 2-year-old by Quality Road, retires to Darby Dan
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Klimt, the Grade 1-winning juvenile by Quality Road, has been retired from racing and will take up stud duty at Darby Dan Farm in Lexington, KY. He will stand for $10,000 S&N, with breeders also having the option to participate in the “Share The Upside” program beginning in 2018.

“Klimt was an exceptionally fast 2-year-old, and he possesses a stallion-producing pedigree and a great physical to match. It’s a combination we believe breeders are looking for and will gravitate towards,” said Ryan Norton, Stallion Director at Darby Dan. “He was one of the fastest 2-year-olds at OBS last year and was well sold to Bob Baffert, who obviously has one of the best eyes for a horse in our business. His Del Mar Futurity (G1) win was the second fastest in over a dozen years – only American Pharoah ran faster.”
“We invite breeders to come out and see Klimt, as we believe they are really going to like him,” Norton added. “On the heels of the prosperity we have had with Dialed In via our ‘Share The Upside’ program, we feel Klimt is a perfect fit to continue that success.”

A $140,000 yearling, Klimt was offered as a 2-year-old at last year’s OBS March sale after breezing a quarter-mile in 20.4 seconds. Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert purchased the colt for $435,000 on behalf of Kaleem Shah, and Klimt went on to become one of the top juveniles in the country in 2016.

Klimt broke his maiden by 5 ¼ lengths last July at Santa Anita, and was named a “Rising Star” by the Thoroughbred Daily News. In just his third career start, he captured the Best Pal S. (G2) by 2 ¾ lengths, before returning next out to win at the highest level with a dominant 4 ¼-length victory in the Del Mar Futurity (G1). 

Klimt ran seven furlongs in 1:21.80, earning a 94 Beyer for the performance. The final time and Beyer marked the second-fastest Del Mar Futurity in over a dozen years, with only American Pharoah running faster. In his next start, Klimt finished runner-up in the FrontRunner S. (G1) at Santa Anita. He retires with earnings of $468,960.

By Quality Road, Klimt is out of the Dixie Union mare Inventive, and hails from the immediate family of Breeders’ Cup Classic (G1) winner Concern. Matt Bowling Bloodstock brokered the deal for Klimt to stand at Darby Dan as part of a syndicate.

To earn a lifetime breeding right to Klimt through Darby Dan’s “Share The Upside” program, breeders will be required to do one of two options: either breed 2 mares in 2018, or breed a mare in 2018 & 2019. Both options will require the breeder to have two total live foals on a stands-and-nurses basis. After that is fulfilled, the breeder will earn a lifetime breeding right starting in 2020 that will last throughout Klimt’s stallion career, with zero additional fees associated. Klimt’s one-time stud fee is also $10,000 on a standard stands-and-nurses contract for people who do not wish to participate in the “Share The Upside” program.

Klimt has taken up residence at Darby Dan and will be available for inspection starting Saturday, Oct. 28th. For more information about Klimt, Darby Dan’s “Share The Upside” program, or to set up an inspection appointment, please contact Ryan Norton at (859) 254-0424 or, or visit