Three Chimneys stallion Capote has been pensioned because of a combination of fertility and neurological problems, Three Chimneys owner and syndicate manager Robert Clay said Tuesday."It is in the horse's best interest that we do so, and we will make sure he enjoys his retirement in comfort here at Three Chimneys," Clay said.Through Nov. 24, Capote sired 52 stakes winners from 13 crops of racing with progeny earnings of over $40 million. His offspring include Boston Harbor, the 1996 Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I) winner. Capote was named champion 2-year-old colt ten years earlier after winning the Breeders' Cup Juvenile and Norfolk Stakes (gr. I).A 19-year-old son of Seattle Slew, Capote arrived at Three Chimneys Chirstmas Eve, 1991, as part of the dissolution of Calumet Farm. The transfer followed a court hearing and auction in which Calumet's 50% interest was sold to co-owners Bob French, Barry Beal, and Klein, who were exercising their right of first refusal.A majority interest in Capote was sold to John Kluge's Morven Stud with French and Beal maintaining a minority interest.
Three Chimneys' stallion fees will remain the same or decrease in 2008, the farm announced Oct. 12. Also, the farm will contractually limit the stallion books to 110 mares, as has been its informal custom.