Golden Missile To Stand at Adena Springs

Golden Missile To Stand at Adena Springs
Photo: Associated Press/ Roberto Borea
Kent Desormeaux aboard Golden Missile after crossing the finish line to win the Pimlico Special on May 13.
Grade I winner Golden Missile will retire to stud at Frank Stronach's Adena Springs following expected starts in the Hawthorne Gold Cup Handicap (gr. III) and the Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I). Golden Missile (A.P. Indy--Santa Catalina, by Cure the Blues) has won seven of 22 career races and $2,139,510 while racing for Stronach Stable.

"We are delighted to be able to stand Golden Missile at our premiere Kentucky facility," said Andy Stronach. "The opportunity to stand a stallion with the temperament, ability, soundness, and pedigree of Golden Missile overcame the serious temptation to race him another year."

Golden Missile earned his maiden win in May of his 3-year-old season and won his first stakes race, the $50,000 Cumberland Stakes, two starts later. He won his first graded stakes as a 4-year-old, winning the Widener Handicap (gr. III) over Early Warning and Sir Bear. After concluding his 4-year-old season with second- and third-place finishes, respectively, in the Hawthorne Gold Cup and Breeders' Cup Classic, Golden Missile has had a career-best year as a 5-year-old, winning the Pimlico Special Handicap (gr. I) and the Stephen Foster Handicap (gr. II) in succession this spring.

Golden Missile is the first foal out of two-time grade III winner Santa Catalina. She has had one other foal make it to the race track, a Forty Niner filly who is winless in 12 starts.

"Golden Missile will bolster our young stallion roster and continue the Adena Springs tradition of standing top sons of leading sires," Stronach continued. "We look forward with confidence and enthusiasm to his two remaining starts this season."

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