Stalwart Member, a two-time New York-bred winner of the Sports Page Handicap (gr. II) and earner of $783,807, will be retired to the Unbridled Thoroughbred Foundation, where he will be the founding member of the new retirement organization.
Owner Sanford Goldfarb announced Stalwart Member's retirement after the 10-year-old gelding finished second in a $7,500 claiming race at Aqueduct Dec. 13. Goldfarb, who will help fund Unbridled and serve as its honorary chairman, said Stalwart Member "loves his job, but we knew it was time for a career change.
"For three years Stalwart Member has been like a member of our family, he has brought us thrilling races with many victories," Goldfarb said. "He has a lot of life in him and we look forward to following his progress."
Stalwart Member was claimed by Richard Dutrow for Goldfarb in August 2000 for $35,000 and went on to win the second of his two wins in the Sports Page, plus the Hudson Handicap to close out the year. He ended his career with 18 wins in 64 starts with seven seconds and 14 thirds.
Edwin Wachtel bred Stalwart Member, a son of Claramount out of Stalwart mare Ms. Stalwart.
Susan Kayne, an accomplished equestrian, will oversee day-to-day operations at Unbridled. Part of her job will be retraining racehorses for pleasure riding and the show ring.