Sun King, a millionaire and multiple grade II winner, has been retired from racing and will enter stud at Darby Dan Farm near Lexington. His fee is $10,000.
A 5-year-old son of Charismatic, Sun King closed out his career with a runner-up effort in the Nov. 3 Ack Ack Handicap (gr. III) at Churchill Downs. He is scheduled to arrive at the farm Nov. 7.
A $400,000 Keeneland January yearling, Sun King competed at the highest levels throughout his four years of racing for owner Tracy Farmer and trainer Nick Zito. In just his third and fourth starts, he placed in the Champagne Stakes (gr. I) and Bessemer Trust Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I), respectively.
Sun King placed in six additional grade I stakes, including this year's Woodward Stakes (gr. I) to Lawyer Ron at Saratoga. In last year's Whitney Handicap (gr. I) at Saratoga against Invasor, he was beaten a nose by that subsequent Horse of the Year.
Sun King captured the Commonwealth Breeders' Cup Stakes (gr. II) at Keeneland and the Pennsylvania Derby (gr. II), plus two other graded stakes. He won or placed in 17 of 27 races and earned $2,197,018.
Sun King will not be syndicated and will remain the property of Farmer.
“In an effort to insure the best possible mare book for Sun King, Mr. Farmer has decided to offer a free breeding to Sun King to approved graded stakes-winning or graded stakes-producing mares," said John Phillips, co-managing partner of Darby Dan.
Bred in Kentucky by Cambridge Farm and James Daniel Conway, Sun King is out of the winning Clever Trick mare Clever But Costly. He is a half-brother to three stakes winners, including grade I winner Traitor.