Grade 1 winner and near $3-million earner Collected will begin his stud career at Airdrie Stud for the 2019 breeding season, the Midway, Ky.
Bred in Kentucky by Runnymede Farm Inc. and Peter J. Callahan and raced in the silks of Peter Fluor and K.C. Weiner's Speedway Stable LLC, the Bob Baffert trainee was an Eclipse Award finalist for champion older male in 2017, a season highlighted by his victory over Eclipse and IFHA World Champion Arrogate in the G1 Pacific Classic and a second-place finish in that year's G1 Breeders' Cup Classic. A five-time graded stakes winner, Collected's current earnings stand at $2,975,500 as he awaits a proposed start in Saturday's G1 Breeders' Cup Classic at Churchill Downs.
Purchased at the 2015 OBS March 2-Year-Old Sale by Marette Farrell on behalf of his owners, the son of the late, leading sire City Zip raced twice in his juvenile year, winning his debut at 6 1⁄2 furlongs before finishing a close second in the G3 Cecil B. Demille Stakes at Del Mar. A winner of three of his first four starts at three, including wins in the G3 Sham Stakes and Keeneland's G3 Lexington Stakes, Collected did not start again as a sophomore following a disappointing finish over the sloppy Pimlico surface in the 2016 G1 Preakness Stakes.
Collected's banner season came in 2017 during a campaign that saw him win each of his first four starts while distinguishing himself as one of America's best horses in training. Following runaway wins in the Santana Mile Stakes and G2 California Stakes at Santa Anita, Collected took his place amongst the division leaders with a dominant 14-length score over multiple G1 winner Accelerate in the G3 Precisionist Stakes. His 111 Beyer Speed Figure in that race proved to be his first of three consecutive 111+ figures. Sent off the second favorite behind American racing's all-time leading earner Arrogate in Del Mar's G1 Pacific Classic, Collected bested his acclaimed stablemate by half a length at the wire with Accelerate another 8 lengths behind in third. In his next start, the G1 $6-million Breeders' Cup Classic, Collected battled with Horse of the Year Gun Runner from the outset before finishing second to that rival and 1 1⁄4 lengths clear of 2017 Eclipse champion West Coast. His second place finish in the Classic ended his perfect seven-for-seven record over a fast main track – a streak comprised solely of stakes wins and highlighted by Beyer Speed Figures of 115, 114 and 111.
A son of the late City Zip, a perennial leading sire of no less than 77 stakes winners and 4 individual Breeders' Cup Champions, Collected is out of the Johanessburg mare Helena Bay (GB) and comes from the decorated Runnymede/Aga Khan family of leading sire Blushing Groom and 2017 Eclipse champion Lady Eli.
“It's a very proud day for Airdrie Stud to be able to announce Collected as our newest stallion,” said Airdrie owner Brereton Jones. “One of the smallest bullseyes to hit in our business is to find a young stallion that both fills the eye of the commercial breeder while also boasting the resume of a genuine leading sire prospect. Collected is that horse. He's a beautiful, masculine, correct Marette Farrell purchase, he was a debut winner at two going 6 1⁄2 furlongs and he trained on to beat the best horses in the world at the classic mile and a quarter distance. He's the best son of one of the really special sires we've seen in recent years in City Zip and he comes from a family cultivated by two of the world's best breeders. We couldn't be more grateful to Peter Fluor and K. C. Weiner and their families for allowing us to stand their great horse or more excited about the exceptional partnership we've put together to support Collected at stud. This horse has a chance to be very, very special.”
“Collected has been an absolute dream horse for our Speedway Stable family, “said partners Peter Fluor and K. C. Weiner in a joint statement. “Our advisers Marette Farrell and John Adger identified him as a perfect Bob Baffert candidate when we bought him as a two-year-old, and it would be very difficult for a plan to work out better. Because of our tremendous confidence that his next career will be every bit as successful as his first, we have elected to stay involved with Collected and to partner with the wonderful group that Airdrie has put together. We will be supporting the horse with several of the very nice fillies and mares we've raced and purchased over the last few years and look forward to doing our part to make him the great success we know he can be.”
A stud fee will be announced immediately following Collected's official retirement from racing.
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