Grade II winner King of the Roxy will enter stud at Chad and Tracey McCallum’s McCallum View Farm near Moriarty, N.M., as the property of Team Valor International. The 6-year-old son of Littleexpectations exited racing with five wins and three seconds from 16 starts and earnings of $600,707. His fee is $3,000.
At 2, King of the Roxy won the seven-furlong Futurity Stakes (gr. II) and ran second in the Saratoga Special Breeders’ Cup Stakes (gr. II). As a 3-year-old, he earned a 104 Beyer Speed Figure in winning the seven-furlong Hutcheson Stakes (gr. II) and ran second in the 1 1/8-mile Santa Anita Derby (gr. I, beaten a half-length) and the Barbaro Stakes (gr. III). He was sixth in Curlin ’s Preakness Stakes (gr. I).
Team Valor retired King of the Roxy from racing because of leg problems in the fall of 2008, but later returned the horse to training. In 2009, King of the Roxy captured the Honey Jay and Don Bernhardt Stakes.
“When he was good, he was very good,” said Team Valor president Barry Irwin. “His win in the Hutcheson was superb and his second in the Santa Anita Derby was top drawer. He lost more ground than he was beaten by being taken very wide on the turns in that $750,000 race.”
Bred in Ohio by Deborah D. Kopatz, King of the Roxy is out of the winning Bold Forbes mare Marrakesh. He was voted 2007 Ohio Horse of the Year.