Deputed Testamony, the oldest living winner of the Preakness Stakes (gr. I), has been pensioned from stallion duty at the Boniface family's Bonita Farm near Darlington, Md. The 24-year-old stallion was bred by Bonita, trained by William Boniface for owner Francis Sears, and stood his entire career at the farm.
"He's in good health," said a farm representative. "He was bred to only a few of our mares this year. A few people bred to him out of sentiment. We hope he lives a long time."
Deputed Testamony's Preakness score proved extra special to Marylanders. The son of Traffic Cop was a Maryland-bred colt whose beaten foes included Kentucky Derby (gr. I) winner, Sunny's Halo, and runner-up, Desert Wine. Deputed Testamony, who didn't run in the Derby, next ran in the Belmont Stakes (gr. I) and finished unplaced.
The Preakness wasn't Deputed Testamony's sole grade I win. The grandson of Traffic Judge captured that year's Haskell Invitational Handicap at Monmouth Park in July. Overall, he won seven stakes and set two track records.
Deputed Testamony raced and won the following year and was retired with 11 wins from 20 starts and earnings of $674,329. As a stallion, he topped the $1 million mark in progeny earnings 11 consecutive years and sired 18 stakes winners, three of which were graded winners. His stakes winners as a broodmare sire include New York grade I winner Whitmore's Conn, grade II winner Duckhorn, and Bellamy Road, who won the Sept. 6 Miller Genuine Draft Cradle Stakes (gr. III) at River Downs.
Deputed Testamony, who was produced from the Prove It mare Proof Requested, is represented by 10 2-year-olds and four yearlings.