Shancelot blew away the competitors within the Amsterdam to stay undefeated on the time
A history-making sprinter when successful the Grade 2 Amsterdam Stakes with a 121 Beyer Velocity Determine – the very best Beyer by a 3-year-old sprinter in historical past – Shancelot has been retired to Buck Pond Farm, Crawford Farms Racing introduced Jan. 11. He’ll stand for a charge of $7,500 in 2021.
“We’re excited to face Shancelot in Kentucky the place we lately bought a farm shut by,” mentioned Al Crawford of Crawford Farms Racing. “We really feel his unimaginable velocity will appeal to plenty of breeders and we’re very actively buying mares on the Keeneland January Sale to help him ourselves.”
Shancelot confirmed velocity from the beginning when successful his first three races by a mixed 19 lengths. In his six begins, Shancelot by no means completed worse than third and registered 4 profession triple digit Beyer Velocity Figures in opposition to one of the best horses within the dash division. His record-breaking 121 Beyer Velocity Determine is bested solely by Arrogate within the 2015 Travers at ten furlongs (122) and Holy Bull within the 1994 Met Mile at eight furlongs (122) by 3-year-old colts.
Breaking his maiden over Grade 1 winner Bodexpress in his debut at Gulfstream Park, Shancelot romped to a 6 1/4-length victory in his second begin earlier than stepping as much as stakes firm that summer season. The colt made historical past in his subsequent begin within the Grade 2 Amsterdam Stakes with a 12 1/2 size victory to burst onto the sprinting scene with the aforementioned 121 Beyer Velocity Determine.
That Beyer proved to be higher than some other high sprinter that yr, together with champion sprinter Mitole ($15,000 stud charge), whose profession greatest Beyer Velocity Determine of 112 got here within the Breeders’ Cup Dash. Mitole’s fellow Eclipse dash male finalists World of Hassle ($15,000 stud charge) and Imperial Trace registered profession dust race bests of 109 and 114 respectively.
Following his Amsterdam romp, Shancelot ran completely in Grade 1 firm from then on, coming only a head away from a Grade 1 victory within the H. Allen Jerkens Stakes subsequent out behind Thoughts Management.
Transport to the West Coast for the primary time, Shancelot ran a sport second within the G1 Santa Anita Dash Handicap. Racing in his conventional spot on the lead, he was collared close to the wire by a number of Grade 1 winner Omaha Seashore ($35,000 stud charge) to lose by a simply head.
Shancelot ended his profession with a decided second within the Breeders’ Cup Dash to eventual Eclipse champion Mitole. Shancalot broke into triple digit Beyer Velocity Figures for the fourth time within the race with a 110. A winner of half his begins, Shancelot retires with $624,300 in earnings.
“He’s a fully attractive horse,” mentioned coach Steve Asmussen, “He had limitless potential. He was mentally proficient with an amazing disposition. I’m wanting ahead to seeing his offspring.”
By champion 2-year-old colt Shanghai Bobby, Shancelot is considered one of 4 stakes horses for the stakes-winning mare True Kiss. That mare is a half-sister to Grade 1 winner Silver Max and a three-quarter sister to Grade 1 winner and profitable sire Sure It is True.
“Shancelot could possibly be a breed-changer along with his velocity. He was brilliantly quick, and comes from a quick household with plenty of class. He confirmed that class when competing amongst an extremely sturdy division of sprinters,” added Buck Pond Farm’s Doug Arnold.
At present situated at Truthful Grounds with coach Steve Asmussen, Shancelot is predicted to ship to Kentucky quickly and can be obtainable for inspection at Buck Pond Farm upon his arrival.
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