Harold Queen's Burning Roma, a grade I winner and millionaire, has been retired from racing and will enter stud at Tim and Renee Dodd's Jubilee Farm near Sparr, Fla. The 6-year-old son of champion sprinter Rubiano will stand for $6,500 live foal.
Burning Roma proved to be a stakes-running machine during his five years of racing. After winning by 8 1/4 lengths as a 2-year-old in his first start, he started exclusively in stakes, winning or placing in 24 of them and finishing fourth in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I) and Lane's End Breeders' Futurity (gr. II). He captured a dozen stakes at seven different tracks, including the 2000 Futurity Stakes (gr. I, by way of disqualification) at Belmont Park and the 2002 Meadowlands Cup Handicap (gr. II) over subsequent Breeders' Cup Classic – Powered by Dodge (gr. I) winner Volponi.
Burning Roma enjoyed his best season as a 3-year-old. He won or placed in all nine starts and captured three stakes in a row at three different tracks, including the Leonard Richards Stakes by 9 3/4 lengths at Delaware Park. This year, he won the Tampa Bay Breeders' Cup Stakes on turf for the second consecutive year and the Red Bank Handicap (gr. IIIT) at Monmouth Park.
Bred by William S. Farish Jr., Burning Roma was retired with 13 wins from 36 starts and earnings of $1,500,200. His dam, While Rome Burns (by Overskate), is a half-sister to graded stakes winner Viviano. Queen plans to syndicate Burning Roma.