Grade I Winner Avanzado Retired to Stud at Harris Farms

Grade I Winner Avanzado Retired to Stud at Harris Farms
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The Ancient Title was the biggest victory in Avanzado's career.
Grade I winner Avanzado has been retired from racing and will enter stud at John C. Harris' Harris Farms near Coalinga, Calif., for $6,000 live foal. The Argentine-bred son of Luhuk scored his big win in the 2003 Ancient Title Breeders' Cup Handicap (gr. I) and recorded a 117 Beyer Speed Figure in winning the Palos Verdes Handicap (gr. II) in 1:07.85 for six furlongs last January for Cees Stable.

Michael Cooper of Cees Stable said, "Although there was interest from both Kentucky and Florida in standing Avanzado, I think the combination of his speed and soundness will result in him becoming a dominant California stallion."

"This horse is a terrific addition to the Harris Farms' stallion roster and will be an important stallion for California," Harris said. "He is a good-looking horse that stayed sound and was a world-class sprinter. I think he should fit a variety of mares and should get fast 2-year-olds. We plan to breed some of our best mares to him."

Avanzado, foaled in 1997 and produced from the Storm Bird mare Avian Eden, won 10 of 27 starts and earned $886,188 racing in Argentina, North America, and Dubai. Avanzado was a grade II winner in New York in 2002, and was a group winner in Argentina earlier in his career. In Dubai, he was group I-placed in his sole start there. Second dam Astrious won the Oak Leaf Stakes (gr. I) at Santa Anita.

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