It was announced today that Grade 1 Winner I Want Revenge, the morning-line favorite for the 2009 Kentucky Derby, has been relocated to Millennium Farms in Lexington, Kentucky.
A top-class 2-year-old, weighted at 118 lbs, I Want Revenge made his stakes debut in the G1 CashCall Futurity coming off a maiden win where he ran a courageous race against Pioneerof the Nile, where he was narrowly defeated in a photo finish. The race stamped him as one of the most talented juveniles of his generation.
On the New York road to the G1 Kentucky Derby, in his first start on dirt, I Want Revenge rose to the top of the three-year-old class in the G3 Gotham Stakes, drawing off by 8 1/2 widening lengths setting a new stakes record. He defeated the likes of G1 winners and millionaires Haynesfield, Giant Ryan, and Russell Road. The impressive effort earned him a 113 Beyer Speed Figure, which was the third-highest three-year-old Beyer of the year and one of the highest pre-Derby Beyer Figures ever.
I Want Revenge followed up his Gotham win with a spectacular victory in the G1 Wood Memorial, following in the footsteps of successful sires Tapit, Empire Maker, Unbridled's Song, Broad Brush, Pleasant Colony, and Seattle Slew. After being completely left in the starting gate, spotting the field several lengths, then getting pinched in the stretch several times, I Want Revenge stamped his ticket to Louisville in one of the year's most memorable performances.
“Anybody that knows anything about this game, watching this race, knows that we just saw a remarkable performance by a racehorse. This is your Derby favorite,” Andy Serling of NYRA commented on I Want Revenge's win in the Wood Memorial.
After devastating back-to-back wins in the G1 Wood and G3 Gotham Stakes, I Want Revenge was installed as the morning-line favorite for the 2009 Kentucky Derby. On the morning of the race, the horse was scratched due to a severe soft tissue injury. It was déjà vû all over again, reminiscent of when his grandsire, A.P. Indy, was scratched the day of the Derby as the morning-line favorite. History has been known to repeat itself on occasion.
“I Want Revenge is one of the best looking horses I have been around. He has a physique and a front end a commercial breeder can make a living on,” said stallion maker Ben Walden Jr. who originally stood the stallion.
“We are excited to add I Want Revenge to our roster,” said Millennium Farms Business Manager Jay Ted Neel. “He is such a physically imposing individual who possessed such exceptional raw talent, that no one will be surprised if he turns out to be a good sire. He comes with a wonderful shareholder base of extremely savvy and successful horsemen that believe in the horse and are heavily supporting him.
“The decision to buy into I Want Revenge and bring him to Millennium was an easy one. At the price point, breeders who come to see him will likely share our view.”
I Want Revenge will stand the 2015 breeding season for a fee of $5,000 live foal.
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