Destin, a Grade 2 winner and classic-placed runner, has been retired from racing and will enter stud at Sequel New York in Hudson, N.Y. for the 2019 breeding season.
The horse will stand in partnership between Gainesway, Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners, Twin Creeks Racing Stables, and Sequel New York.
A full brother to Grade 1 stakes-winning sire Creative Cause, Destin set a new track record in the G2 Tampa Bay Derby winning by a length going 1:42 4/5 in the 1 1/16 mile Kentucky Derby prep race, defeating Outwork and Brody's Cause. Three months later he was defeated a nose by Creator in the classic Belmont Stakes. Destin retires with five wins, two seconds and two thirds in 15 starts with earnings of $947,800.
The 5-year-old son of champion sire Giant's Causeway is out of Grade 1-winning millionaire, Dream of Summer who beat Ashado in the G1 Apple Blossom Stakes. She is a multiple graded-stakes winning, graded-stakes producing mare with over $2.3 million in progeny earnings. Destin is also full brother to graded stakes-winning filly Vexatious, as well as half-brother to black type-placed producer, Taboo.
“Twin Creeks has had a huge amount of success with perennial leading New York stallion Mission Impazible,” said Gainesway's Antony Beck. “After considering many opportunities, we felt like we wanted to follow the leader in New York in Twin Creeks, Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners and Sequel New York.”
“Unlucky not to be an American classic winner, Destin showed off plenty of talent and class,” said trainer Todd Pletcher. “He is a deserving stallion prospect. New York should feel lucky to get him.”
“We are committed to quality mare support for this stallion,” said Aron Wellman of Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners. “We are very excited about our first real venture not only in New York but a mare venture of any kind. It is a no-brainer to follow Randy Gullatt due to the success of Mission Impazible.”
“Having participated in the New York program for a while now, and having learned what works, I believe Destin is the perfect fit,” said Randy Gullatt of Twin Creeks Farm. “I am very excited about this horse. Destin's beautiful body, great bone and ability to go a distance of ground will be an easy match for much of the mare population. Destin's turn of foot was very impressive when setting a track record in the G2 Tampa Bay Derby defeating two future KY stallions. I think New York is a perfect fit based on the influence Giant's Causeway has had on both turf and dirt. We are very excited about the team and support that Destin will have getting started as a stallion.”
“I look forward to working with Gainesway Farm, Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners as well as Twin Creeks Farm in standing Destin at Sequel Stallions New York,” said Becky Thomas of Sequel New York. “Creative Cause was a special horse for me having bought him as a yearling in addition to having stood Freud, the King of New York, at stud for so many years, I am truly Giant Causeway's number-one fan. Destin's good looks and pedigree are certain to get the breeder's attention.”
Destin will stand for $6,500 LFSN and will be available for inspection at Sequel New York beginning the 1st of December.
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