Syndicate manager Robert Clay announced today that Three Chimneys stallion Wild Again
is being retired due to declining fertility. "Wild Again has been a distinguished member of our stallion roster for the last 13 years," Clay said. "His fertility has declined in the last two years, so that it is time he retires to the comfort he so richly deserves here at Three Chimneys."
Wild Again joins pensioners Slew o' Gold and Capote at the Midway, Ky., farm.
A foal of 1980 by Icecapade, out of Bushel-n-Peck (by Khaled), Wild Again arrived at Three Chimneys in December of 1991 as part of the dissolution of Calumet Farm. At that point, he had three crops of racing age. Since then, his progeny earnings have dipped below $3 million only once, and for each of the last 10 years, those earnings have ranged between $4 million and $7.6 million.
"He's sired eight millionaires, four champions, and an incredible number of good, hard-trying racehorses," Clay said. "His runners win races over all distances. Versatility and consistency have been the hallmarks of his stallion career."
Wild Again is also known for the diversity of bloodlines with which he had success. He is the sire of 84 stakes winners and those 84 have 75 different broodmare sires. His leading earners are Milwaukee Brew
($2,879,612, Santa Anita Handicap, gr. I, twice), Narita King O (in Japan, $2,405,922), Wild Bluster (in Japan, $2,228,833), Wilderness Song ($1,482,033, Canadian champion, Spinster S., gr. I), Wild Rush ($1,386,302, Metropolitan H., gr. I), Shine Again, ($1,271,840, Ballerina H., gr. I, twice), Abe Again (in Japan, $1,164,130), and Elmhurst ($1,100,587, Breeders' Cup Sprint, gr. I). Another runner, Sarava, won the 2002 Belmont Stakes (gr. I).
Wild Again has sired the earners of nearly $75 million. This year, he is represented by five stakes winners, including grade II winner Offlee Wild, grade III turf winner Christine's Outlaw, and recent added-money winner Aud.
As a racehorse, Wild Again earned $2,204,829, and will always be remembered for his longshot win in the inaugural Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) in 1984 at Hollywood Park. In that $3-million-dollar race, Wild Again, supplemented at a cost of $360,000, prevailed in a ferocious stretch drive that involved considerable bumping between himself, Gate Dancer, and Slew o' Gold. He survived a nine-minute-long stewards' examination of the finish to become the first winner of Thoroughbred racing's richest event.
Wild Again was bred in Kentucky by W. Paul Little and sold for $35,000 as a yearling at the 1981 Fasig-Tipton Kentucky July sale to William Allen, one of the partners in Black Chip Stable, for which Wild Again raced.