Grade 1-Placed Mr. Crow Retired To Stand In Korea

by | 02.24.2020 | 10:19am
Mr. Crow romps by 11 1/2 lengths in Saratoga maiden race

Mr. Crow, a breakthrough runner for the U.S. interests of the Korea Racing Authority, has been retired from racing and exported to Korea to begin his stallion career for the 2020 breeding season.

The 6-year-old son of Tapizar was a $150,000 purchase by the KRA at the 2016 Ocala Breeders' Sales Co. March Sale of 2-Year-Olds in Training. Many of the group's purchases are exported to race in Korea, but a handful of horses that show potential remain in the U.S. with the hopes of building stallion resumes against a higher level of competition. Mr. Crow was one of those horses selected to stay behind, and he was placed in the barn of trainer Todd Pletcher.

After finishing second by a neck in his debut as a 3-year-old, Mr. Crow broke his maiden by 11 1/2 lengths at Saratoga Race Course. He came back later in the Saratoga meet to take a seven-furlong allowance race by 6 1/4 lengths, which propelled him into regular stakes competition for the rest of his career.

Mr. Crow never picked up a stakes victory over his three seasons of racing, but he was often competitive against the country's top sprinters. Moved to the barn of trainer Ben Colebrook for his 4-year-old campaign, Mr. Crow finished second in the Grade 3 Aristides Stakes at Churchill Downs, then he became the first KRA-owned horse to earn Grade 1 black type in the U.S. a year later when he finished second to Imperial Hint in the G1 Vosburgh Stakes.

Mr. Crow retired with four wins in 16 starts for earnings of $348,963. He arrived in Korea on Feb. 21, per KRA records.

Bred in Kentucky by Avalon Farms, Inc. and Scott Swaim, Mr. Crow is out of the unplaced Harlan's Holiday mare Black Chocolate.

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