Coolmore has secured the breeding rights to Grade I winner Eight Rings (Empire Maker–Purely Hot, by Pure Prize) with plans to stand the colt at Coolmore America's Ashford Stud following his retirement from racing.
Owned and raced by the co-ownership comprised of SF Racing, LLC, Starlight Racing, Madaket Stables, LLC, Frederick Hertrich, III, John D. Fielding and Golconda Stables, Eight Rings was acquired for $520,000 at the 2018 Keeneland September yearling sale. He was bred in Kentucky by WinStar Farm LLC and is trained by Bob Baffert.
Eight Rings broke his maiden at first asking and most recently won the Grade I American Pharoah Stakes. The son of Empire Maker is currently positioned to vie for favoritism in the 2019 Breeders' Cup Juvenile (GI) at Santa Anita on Nov. 1.
“We are excited that Eight Rings will have the opportunity to stand at Coolmore following retirement,” said Tom Ryan of SF Racing. “As a member of the first racing stable of our co-ownership group we are particularly proud of Eight Rings and it is important to all of us that he be given the best possible chance at stud.
“We have the utmost respect for Coolmore and their ability to support world class stallion prospects, which we hope and expect Eight Rings to be,” Ryan added.
”Eight Rings was awesome in the American Pharoah Stakes and looks to be a colt with a huge future,” said Ashford manager Dermot Ryan. “We're delighted he's going to end up in Ashford.”
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