Graded stakes winner Chelokee will stand at the University of Arizona Equine Center near Tucson. The 6-year-old son of Cherokee Run was donated to the equine center by Centennial Farms (Donald Little Jr., president).
Chelokee, who raced for Centennial, covered 24 mares at Tom Simon’s Vinery near Lexington in 2009 in his first season at stud.
Chelokee suffered a career-ending injury in the 2008 Alysheba Stakes (gr. III) on the Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) undercard. As a 3-year-old the previous year, he won the Northern Dancer (gr. III) and Barbaro Stakes and ran third in the Florida Derby (gr. I). Chelokee retired with five wins from 10 starts and earnings of $385,785.
Out of the grade II stakes-placed Silver Ghost mare Dixie Ghost, Chelokee is a half-brother to grade II winner Salute the Sarge and added-money winner Mymich.