Bee Jersey, winner of this year's Metropolitan Handicap (G1) and Steve Sexton Mile Stakes (G3), has been retired and will stand the upcoming breeding season for $5,000 S&N at Darby Dan Farm.
Bee Jersey scored the biggest win of his career in the historic $1,200,000 Metropolitan Handicap in June. Sent off as the race favorite, Bee Jersey broke on top and was never headed. He led all the way to defeat 10 Graded stakes winners, including multiple Grade 1 winner Mind Your Biscuits, stopping the clock for one mile in a fast 1:33.13, earning a career-high 109 Beyer Speed Figure, the co-fastest Beyer in 2018 at the distance.
The Charles Fipke homebred began his racing career in Dubai where he finished second to subsequent U.A.E. Derby (G2) winner Thunder Snow in the U.A.E. Two Thousand Guineas (G2) at three. He broke his maiden in his first North American start at Keeneland, then trounced allowance company at Oaklawn by six lengths in the first of four consecutive victories. Prior to winning the Metropolitan H., he captured the Steve Sexton Mile in May, leading wire to wire for a dominating 5 ½-length victory over Haskell Invitational (G1) winner Girvin, recording a 104 Beyer Speed Figure.
“Bee Jersey was one of the fastest horses of the year, evidenced by the Beyer Speed Figures he ran,” said Ryan Norton, stallion director at Darby Dan Farm. “He possessed raw speed, was an excellent miler, and put together tremendous back-to-back winning performances in the Steve Sexton Mile and the Metropolitan Handicap.”
Trained in the U.S. by Steve Asmussen, Bee Jersey concludes his racing career with five wins from 10 starts and is a near-millionaire earner of $976,293.
“He's just a gorgeous, absolutely brilliantly fast horse with a great temperament,” noted Asmussen.
Bee Jersey is the most accomplished son of Jersey Town, who stood at Darby Dan Farm before relocating to British Columbia. A son of Speightstown, Jersey Town was a multiple Graded stakes winner of $819,668. He won or placed in nine Graded stakes while defeating 10 Grade 1 winners.
Produced from the stakes-placed Rahy mare Bees, Bee Jersey hails from the family of Weekend Surprise, dam of Classic winners A.P. Indy and Summer Squall, and was a $250,000 Keeneland September yearling.
Darby Dan also stands: Dialed In ($25,000), Klimt ($10,000), Perfect Soul ($5,000), Poseidon's Warrior ($6,500), Run Away and Hide ($6,500), Shackleford ($20,000), Sky Kingdom ($5,000), Tale of Ekati ($5,000), and Tapiture ($7,500).
For more information or to arrange an inspection, please contact Ryan Norton at 859-254-0424 or toll-free at 888-321-0424 or visit DarbyDan.com.
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