Corinthian, lengthy winner of the Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile, has been retired and will enter stud for a $40,000 fee at the Beck family's Gainesway Farm near Lexington. Winner also of this year's Metropolitan (gr. I) and Gulfstream Park (gr. II) Handicaps, Corinthian raced for Centennial Farms, which will retain an interest in the 4-year-old son of Pulpit. Gainesway will own the majority interest.
"Top milers make top stallions," said Gainesway president Antony Beck. “Our established stallion and champion miler Cozzene, winner of the (1985) Breeders’ Cup Mile (gr. IT), is passing the baton to our newest stallion, Corinthian, winner of the inaugural Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile."
Corinthian captured the Dirt Mile by 6 1/2 lengths over Gottcha Gold. It was another 8 1/4 lengths to third-place finisher Discreet Cat, the favorite. A winner of six of 12 races, Corinthian retired with $1,267,273 in earnings
“With his win in the Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile, Corinthian has established himself as a force to be reckoned with,” Beck said. "He is a superior individual, a very athletic, well-bred stallion prospect."
Produced from the Easy Goer mare Multiply, Corinthian is a half-brother to grade II winner Desert Hero and traces in female family back to the grand foundation mare Rough Shod II, ancestress of Ireland's great sire, Sadler's Wells. Corinthian's stakes-placed second dam, Add, is a half-sister to sires Numerous and Jade Robbery (in Japan). Next dam, grade II winner Number, is a half-sister to leading sire Nureyev.