Tuesday, November 27, 2012
Grade 1 winners Shackleford and Jersey Town have officially been retired from racing and have arrived at John Phillips' Darby Dan Farm in Lexington to take up residence. Both new stallions will be available immediately to breeders for inspection, and Darby Dan will host an Open House on Tuesday, December 4th from 10 am to 3 pm featuring the entire 2013 roster of stallions.
Shackleford comes to Darby Dan fresh off his third Grade 1 victory just this past Friday in the Clark H. (G1), ending his career on a high note. The grand-looking chestnut captured the $400,000 race at Churchill Downs over a field of nine, moving his final earnings total to over $3 million with the win.
Earlier this year, Shackleford won the Met Mile (G1) and Churchill Downs S. (G2), and he captured the Preakness S. (G1) in 2011 as a 3-year-old for his owners Mike Lauffer, Bill Cubbedge and Phillips Racing.
Jersey Town was also set to make his final start last weekend, but came down with a fever and was forced to scratch from Saturday's Cigar Mile (G1)—a race he won at Aqueduct back in 2010. Earlier this year, the son of Speightstown captured the $400,000 Kelso H. (G2), and he retires with earnings of over $800,000 for his owner and breeder Charles Fipke.
Shackleford and Jersey Town ranked as two of the fastest horses up to a mile in 2012, with Shackleford recording a 115 Beyer—the fastest of 2012—in the Met Mile, and Jersey Town recording a 110 while winning the Kelso H.
Darby Dan will be offering Jersey Town in its “Share The Upside” program for breeders. For more information about Shackleford, Jersey Town or Darby Dan's Share The Upside program, or to set up an appointment for inspection, please contact Ryan Norton at 859-254-0424.