Debussy, winner of the 2010 Arlington Million Stakes (gr. IT), has been retired from racing for stallion duty at Llety Stud in Carmathenshire, Wales, according to the Racing Post. The 6-year-old Irish-bred son of Diesis will stand for 3,500 pounds.
Bred by Sheikh Mohammed’s Darley, Debussy contested the Arlington Million for the sheikh’s wife, Princess Haya of Jordan. Facing champion and defending winner Gio Ponti , Debussy trailed by about 5 1/2 lengths at the eighth pole before rallying to beat Gio Ponti, the odds-on favorite, by a half-length at 11-1.
Debussy returned to England, where he finished third in the Emirates Airline Champion Stakes (Eng-I). He came back to the United States for the Emirates Airline Breeders’ Cup Turf (gr. IT) at Churchill Downs in November, finishing an uneventful fifth at 6-1. He was returned to England after the race.
Debussy, who was a group II winner in France and a group III winner in England, was retired with a record of 6-0-2 from 22 starts and earnings of $1,294,560.
Debussy’s dam, Irish group stakes-placed Opera Comique (by Singspiel), is a half-sister to 1990 King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Diamond Stakes (Eng-I) winner Belmez.