Stay Thirsty

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Stay Thirsty
Stay Thirsty - 2011 Travers Stakes.jpg
Stay Thirsty with Javier Castellano up winning the 2011 Travers Stakes.
Sire Bernardini
Grandsire A. P. Indy
Dam Marozia
Damsire Storm Bird
Sex Stallion
Foaled March 29, 2008
Country United States
Colour Dark Bay
Breeder John D. Gunther & John Darren Gunther
Owner Repole Stable
Trainer Todd Pletcher
Record 14: 4-4-1
Earnings US$ 1,503,500
Major wins
Travers Stakes (2011)
Jim Dandy Stakes (2011)
Gotham Stakes (2011)
Cigar Mile Handicap (2012)
Last updated on August 27, 2011

Stay Thirsty (foaled on 29 March 2008) is an American Thoroughbred racehorse sired by the leading stallion Bernardini. He was bred in Kentucky by John D. Gunther and John Darren Gunther. His dam, Marozia, was sired by Storm Bird. Stay Thirsty was consigned as lot 1147 by Glenwood Farm to the 2009 Keeneland September yearling auction[1] and was bought for $160,000 by Whitehorse Stables. His trainer, Todd Pletcher, bought him for his owner, Mike Repole, for $500,000 at the 2010 Fasig-Tipton sale of 2-year-olds in training in Florida.[2]

Racing career[edit]

2010: two-year-old season[edit]

Stay Thirsty first raced in a maiden special weight race at Belmont Park on July 15, 2010, finishing second to Sovereign Default.[3] He broke his maiden in an August 14, 2010, race at Saratoga Race Course.[4] Stay Thirsty also placed in the Three Chimneys Hopeful Stakes on September 6, 2010, losing by 3/4 of a length to Boys At Tosconova.[5] He finished fifth in the Grey Goose Breeders' Cup Juvenile at Churchill Downs on November 6, 2010. The race was won by stablemate Uncle Mo.[6]

2011: three-year-old season[edit]

Stay Thirsty won the Grade 3 Gotham Stakes before coming second to Ruler on Ice in the 2011 Belmont Stakes.[7]

2011 Travers Stakes[edit]

Like his sire five years earlier, Stay Thirsty has won both the Grade II Jim Dandy Stakes and the 2011 Grade I Travers Stakes. In the Travers, in which he was favored to win, he competed against the top three leaders of the 3-year-old division: Shackleford (winner of the 2011 Preakness Stakes), Ruler on Ice (winner of the 2011 Belmont Stakes), and Coil (winner of the 2011 Haskell Invitational Handicap).[2] He was also the first horse since 1901 to win from the number 9 post.

Stay Thirsty was ridden by Javier Castellano in the race, who also won his second straight Travers. Castellano was the first rider in 30 years to win consecutive Travers Stakes. The last to do so was National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame jockey Eddie Maple, who won in 1980 and 1981. Castellano also won the 2006 Travers Stakes while riding Bernardini, Stay Thirsty's sire.[8]

Stay Thirsty became the leader of the American 3-year-old colt division after the Travers win. As of that date, he became the most likely 3-year-colt to be considered the best of his class for 2011.[9]

Remainder of the season[edit]

Stay Thirsty was third in the Jockey Club Gold Cup Stakes.[10] He then finished poorly in the 2011 Breeders' Cup Classic, finishing next to last in eleventh place behind the race favorite, Uncle Mo, who finished tenth.[11]

2012: four-year-old season[edit]

Stay Thirsty returned to racing on May 17 in the Vanlandingham Stakes run at Belmont Park, where he finished second to Trickmeister.[12] In July, Stay Thirsty finished fifth out of seven horses in the Grade II Suburban Handicap, having exited the starting gate poorly.[13] He completed his racing career in November with a win in the Grade I Cigar Mile.[14]

Stud career[edit]

He was retired after his four-year-old season and now stands at Ashford Stud, the American arm of the Irish breeding giant Coolmore near Versailles, Kentucky.[15]

Pedigree[edit]

Stay Thirsty's sire, Bernardini (Bay, 2003) won the 2006 Preakness Stakes, Travers Stakes, Jim Dandy Stakes, Withers Stakes and the Jockey Club Gold Cup. He was sired by leading sire A.P. Indy, who also produced Mineshaft and Rags to Riches. His dam is Grade I winner Cara Rafaela (Quiet American - Oil Fable), who accrued $884,452 in her racing career. Cara Rafaela won the 1995 Hollywood Starlet Stakes and the Alcibiades Stakes and was Broodmare of the Year in 2006. She has produced nine foals, including Ile de France and Bold Legacy.[16]

Stay Thirsty's dam, Marozia (Chestnut, 1994), was sired by Storm Bird out of the mare Make Change. She was exported to the United Kingdom in 1995 and raced with limited success until age four, earning £6,220 ($10,367). She returned to the United States from Ireland in 1998 and has produced ten foals. Stay Thirsty was her eighth foal, and she also produced the graded stakes winners Andromeda's Hero and Superfly, by Fusaichi Pegasus. Her dam, Make Change, won the Miss Liberty Stakes and produced eight foals, including the filly Time Changes.[17]

Pedigree of Stay Thirsty, Bay, 2008.
Sire
Bernardini
B. 2003
A.P. Indy
B. 1989
Seattle Slew 1974 Bold Reasoning 1968
My Charmer 1969
Weekend Surprise 1980 Secretariat 1970
Lassie Dear 1974
Cara Rafaela
Gray/Roan 1993
Quiet American 1986 Fappiano 1977
Demure 1977
Oil Fable 1986 Spectacular Bid 1976
Northern Fable 1978
Dam
Marozia
Ch. 1994
Storm Bird
B. 1978
Northern Dancer 1961 Nearctic 1954
Natalma 1957
South Ocean 1967 New Providence 1956
Shining Sun 1962
Make Change
Ch. 1975
Roberto 1969 Hail to Reason 1958
Bramalea 1959
Equal Change 1972 Arts and Letters 1966
Fairness 1963

Racing statistics[edit]

Date Age Distance Race Grade Track Surface Odds Time Field Finish Margin Jockey Trainer Owner Citation
July 15, 2010 2 5 12 Furlongs Maiden Special Weight Maiden Belmont Park Dirt 0.75 1:03.79 7 2 34 Lengths John Velazquez Todd Pletcher Repole Stable [3]
August 14, 2010 2 6 Furlongs Maiden Special Weight Maiden Saratoga Race Course Dirt 0.70 1:11.01 9 1 12 Lengths John Velazquez Todd Pletcher Repole Stable [4]
September 6, 2010 2 7 Furlongs Hopeful Stakes 1 Saratoga Race Course Dirt 4.90 1:23.27 4 2 34 Lengths John Velazquez Todd Pletcher Repole Stable [5]
November 6, 2010 2 1 116 miles or1,700 m Breeders' Cup Juvenile 1 Churchill Downs Dirt 13.50 N/A 10 5 N/A Javier Castellano Todd Pletcher Repole Stable [6]
March 5, 2011 3 1 116 miles or1,700 m Gotham Stakes 3 Aqueduct Racetrack Dirt 0.90 1:44.78 7 1 34 Lengths Ramon Dominguez Todd Pletcher Repole Stable [18]
April 3, 2011 3 1 18 miles or1,800 m Florida Derby 1 Gulfstream Park Dirt 8.30 N/A 8 7 N/A Ramon Dominguez Todd Pletcher Repole Stable [19]
May 7, 2011 3 1 14 miles or2,000 m Kentucky Derby 1 Churchill Downs Dirt 17.20 N/A 19 12 N/A Ramon Dominguez Todd Pletcher Repole Stable [20]
June 11, 2011 3 1 12 miles or2,400 m Belmont Stakes 1 Belmont Park Dirt 16.20 2:30.88 12 2 34 Lengths Javier Castellano Todd Pletcher Repole Stable [21]
July 30, 2011 3 1 18 miles or1,800 m Jim Dandy Stakes 2 Saratoga Race Course Dirt 2.50 1:48.78 7 1 34 Lengths Javier Castellano Todd Pletcher Repole Stable [22]
August 27, 2011 3 1 14 miles or2,000 m Travers Stakes 1 Saratoga Race Course Dirt 2.40 2:03.03 10 1 14 Lengths Javier Castellano Todd Pletcher Repole Stable [23]
Oct  1, 2011 3 1 14 miles or2,000 m Jockey Club Gold Cup Stakes 1 Belmont Park Dirt 1.30 2:03.17 7 3 1 14 Lengths Javier Castellano Todd Pletcher Repole Stable [10]
Nov 5, 2011 3 10 furlongs
(1 14 miles or2,000 m)
Breeders' Cup Classic 1 Churchill Downs Dirt 11.80 N/A 12 11 N/A Javier Castellano Todd Pletcher Repole Stable [11]

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Hip 1147" (PDF). 2009 Keeneland September Yearling Auction catalog. Keeneland. Retrieved 28 August 2011. 
  2. ^ a b Shandler, Jason (August 27, 2011). "Stay Thirsty Rolls to Travers Victory". Bloodhorse.com. Retrieved August 28, 2011. 
  3. ^ a b "Belmont Park-July 15, 2010-Race 2". Equibase.com. Retrieved 28 August 2011. 
  4. ^ a b "Saratoga-August 14, 2010-Race 8". Equibase.com. Retrieved August 28, 2011. 
  5. ^ a b "Saratoga-September 6, 2010-Race 9". Equibase.com. Retrieved August 28, 2011. 
  6. ^ a b "Churchill Downs- November 6, 2010- Race 7". Equibase.com. Retrieved August 28, 2011. 
  7. ^ "Stay Thirsty (KY)". Equibase.com. Retrieved 28 August 2011. 
  8. ^ Singelais, Mark. "Stay Thirsty toast of Travers". Times Union. Retrieved 28 August 2011. 
  9. ^ Finley, Bill (August 28, 2011). "Stay Thirsty a deserving No. 1". ESPN.com. Retrieved September 1, 2011. 
  10. ^ a b "Belmont Park- October 1, 2011- Race 10" (PDF). Equibase.com. Retrieved October 7, 2011. 
  11. ^ a b "Churchill Downs- November 5, 2011- Race 11" (PDF). Equibase.com. 
  12. ^ http://www.equibase.com/premium/eqbPDFChartPlus.cfm?BORP=P&STYLE=EQB&DAY=D&tid=BEL&dt=05/17/2012&ctry=USA&race=3
  13. ^ http://www.equibase.com/static/chart/pdf/BEL070712USA9.pdf
  14. ^ "Stay Thirsty Bows Out on a High" (Press release). Coolmore America. November 26, 2012. Retrieved January 2, 2013. 
  15. ^ "American Stallions: Stay Thirsty". Coolmore Stud. Retrieved January 2, 2013. 
  16. ^ "Bernardini" (PDF). TrueNicks. Retrieved 30 August 2011. 
  17. ^ "Marozia". Equineline.com. Retrieved 28 August 2011. 
  18. ^ "Aqueduct-March 5, 2011-Race 10". Equibase.com. Retrieved 30 August 2011. 
  19. ^ "Gulfstream Park-April 3, 2011-Race 10". Equibase.com. Retrieved 30 August 2011. 
  20. ^ "Churchill Downs-May 7, 2011-Race 11". Retrieved 30 August 2011. 
  21. ^ "Belmont Park- June 11, 2011-Race 11". Equibase.com. Retrieved 30 August 2011. 
  22. ^ "Saratoga-July 30, 2011-Race 10" (PDF). Retrieved 30 August 2011. 
  23. ^ "Saratoga-August 27, 2011-Race 12" (PDF). Equibase.com. Retrieved 30 August 2011.