Lucullan, a Grade 2-winning son of Hard Spun, has been retired from racing and will enter stud at Haras La Leyenda in Argentina, according to the South American publication Turf Diario.
The 6-year-old homebred for the Godolphin operation was purchased by a partnership of Argentine and Brazilian horsemen following an on-track career that featured six wins in 14 starts for earnings of $510,925 under trainer Kiaran McLaughlin. In addition to Haras La Leyenda, the new ownership group includes Haras Rodeo Chico and Ivan Gasparotto's Haras Tres G. Gasparotto is the owner of multiple U.S. Grade 3 winner Dona Bruja.
A turf specialist, Lucullan earned his signature victory in the Grade 2 Knickerbocker Stakes at Belmont Park last October. He also won the listed Lure Stakes earlier that summer in Saratoga, and he earned in-the-money placings in the G3 Hill Prince Stakes and Fort Marcy Stakes.
Lucullan is out of the Seeking the Gold mare Golden Velvet, who is a multiple Grade 3 winner in the U.S. and stakes-placed in France. He is a half-brother to Grade 3 winner Innovative Idea.
His second dam, the multiple Grade 3 winner Caress, is also the dam of Grade 1 winner and notable sire Sky Mesa, and the extended family includes Group 3 winner and sire Bernstein.
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