Champion Drefong Retired, To Stand At Shadai Stallion Station In Japan

by | 11.30.2017 | 8:40am
Drefong (Gio Ponti) and jockey Mike Smith win the Forego (Gr I) at Saratoga

Eclipse Award-winning sprinter Drefong has been retired from racing and will take up stallion duties at Shadai Stallion Station in Japan, according to a statement released by the Baoma Corporation of Susan and Charles Chu, who owned the champion colt.

Drefong is a 4-year-old colt by Gio Ponti out of the Ghostzapper mare, Eltimaas. Trained by Bob Baffert, Drefong won six of nine career starts, with three G1 wins to his credit – the 2016 King's Bishop Stakes and Breeders' Cup Sprint, and the 2017 Forego. His career earnings totaled $1,538,385.

According to Ed Nevins, Director of Baoma, the selection of the Shadai Group will provide the best stallion opportunity for Drefong and an outstanding breeding career.

Susan and Charles Chu, said in a statement, “He gave to us and our extended family so much pleasure and leaves us with some wonderful memories. We thank our trainer Bob Baffert for taking great care of Drefong and making him an outstanding champion.”

“With his beautiful looks and natural ability we are sure he will be very well supported in Japan and we will look forward to see his young foals.”

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