Stonestreet and Hill 'n' Dale Farms announced today that Atreides, the royally-bred multiple stakes winning son of Medaglia d'Oro, out of multiple Grade 1 winner and outstanding young producer Dream Rush, will retire to Hill 'n' Dale for the 2015 breeding season, due to a tendon injury.
“Atreides represents the very best of the Stonestreet breeding program,” said Stonestreet owner Barbara Banke. “His dam Dream Rush is one of the most important producers in America today, already the dam of G1 winner Dreaming of Julia, Atreides, and the exciting recent maiden winner, Perchance.
“We are, of course, partial to Medaglia d'Oro because of Rachel Alexandra, and his ability to sire Grade 1 winners. Atreides was a brilliant racehorse and we will support him with top mares. I don't think we have raised a horse with more potential as a racehorse or sire prospect.“
Stonestreet racing manager John Moynihan agreed.
“This was one fantastic racehorse with looks, brilliance, physique and pedigree. We don't sell these kind when they retire, we partner with farms that make stallions. There was no end to his ability.” said Moynihan.
Atreides made his debut in July, where he won at first asking by 5 ¼ lengths, earning both a 105 Beyer Speed Figure and TDN Rising Star status. His final time of 108.69 was .57 seconds off the track record for 6 furlongs at Gulfstream Park. He followed that victory with a 3-length allowance win at 6 ½ furlongs, posting a 102 Beyer. Atreides won his stakes debut by an astonishing 17 ½ lengths, posting a 105 Beyer, while winning geared down. His 4½ length victory in the Aventura Handicap kept his unbeaten record at Gulfstream intact, but unfortunately a tendon injury forced his retirement to stud. This is the same tendon that showed some heat following his unplaced effort while being bumped hard in the G2 Indiana Derby.
“Atreides was the fastest and most talented colt I have trained. He could sit and wait or go to the front any time he wanted. He had the kind of speed superstars have. He destroyed fields and was absolutely a horse with G1 ability. While I am sad he retires prematurely, I look forward to training offspring of a super talented horse.” said Marty Wolfson.
“We launched Medaglia d'Oro, and were co-owners of Dream Rush, so this is like a coming home for us,” said Hill 'n' Dale owner John G. Sikura. “I love everything about this horse – just watch his race replays and you know he was a star. Along with Maclean's Music, I believe we have two brilliant young sire prospects, and I am appreciative of the confidence Stonestreet has shown by partnering with us in making these stallions. We will support Atreides with top mares from both our programs.”
Atreides will stand for $6.500 live foal, and is available for inspection at Hill 'n' Dale Farm during the Keeneland January sale.
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