English Sire Robellino Pensioned
Date Posted: 9/20/2005 4:31:11 PM
Last Updated: 9/21/2005 2:09:53 PM

English sire Robellino, a racetrack contemporary of Storm Bird and sire of three classic winners, has been pensioned from stallion duty at Littleton Stud because of his advanced age. The 27-year-old son of Roberto has sired 42 stakes winners.

Robellino was represented by major classic winners in three different countries. Mister Baileys won the 1994 Madagans Two Thousand Guineas (Eng-I), Classic Park took the 1997 Airlie/Coolmore Irish One Thousand Guineas (Ire-I), and Robertico captured the BMW 129 Deutsches Derby (Ger-I).

Bred in Maryland by D.P. Aykroyd and Mrs. A.L. Moore, Robellino was sent to England to race. He earned the third-highest weight on England's Free Handicap for 2-year-olds of 1980, topped by Storm Bird, by virtue of winning the Royal Lodge (Eng-II) and Seaton Delaval (Eng-III) Stakes. He failed to reach his promise as a 3-year-old, winning just once and placing in a group stakes in eight starts. He was retired after suffering a hairline fracture and returned to the United States.

Robellino, who was produced from the Pronto mare Isobelline, stood at Marshall Jenney's Derry Meeting Farm in Pennsylvania and at E.P. Taylor's Windfields Farm in Maryland before being sent to Littleton in 1989. His roster of stakes winners also includes English and Irish champion, Royal Rebel, winner of two runnings of Gold Cup (Eng-I) at the Royal Ascot meeting, and two-time Irish champion Rebelline.

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