Monday, November 5, 2012
To Honor and Serve retired
Multiple Grade 1 winner To Honor and Serve has been retired from racing to stand at Antony Beck's Gainesway Farm near Lexington. A fee will be announced later.
A 4-year-old son from the first crop of Bernardini, To Honor and Serve won two graded stakes in each of his three years of racing. At 2 in 2010, he captured the Nashua Stakes and the Remsen Stakes in consecutive starts, both times beating Mucho Macho Man. To Honor and Serve was the second-highweight on the 2010 Experimental Free Handicap for males at 123 pounds, five pounds below topweight and champion Uncle Mo.
At 3 To Honor and Serve won the Pennsylvania Derby over Ruler On Ice and beat older horses in the Cigar Mile Handicap. He finished third in the Florida Derby and the Fasig-Tipton Fountain of Youth Stakes.
This year, To Honor and Serve took the Woodward Stakes and the Westchester Stakes and ran third in the Metropolitan Handicap. He concluded his racing career with a 10th-place finish in the Breeders' Cup Classic.
Trained by Bill Mott for Charlotte Weber's Live Oak Plantation, To Honor and Serve exited racing with a record of 8-1-3 from 17 starts and earnings of $1,798,840.
"He's a beautiful horse and has all the attributes to be a top stallion -- performance, physique, and pedigree, " said Gainesway director of sales Michael Hernon. "He's from the same female family as Dynaformer, going back to Darby Dan's great broodmare Golden Trail."
To Honor and Serve was bred in Kentucky by Twin Creeks Farm, Larry Byer, and Rancho San Miguel out of the stakes-winning Deputy Minister mare Pilfer, a half sister to two stakes winners including Grade 2 winner India. To Honor and Serve was the highest-priced Bernardini colt, at $575,000, at the 2009 Keeneland September yearling sale.
To Honor and Serve can be viewed at Gainesway from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.