, sire of nine millionaires and six champions, has been pensioned at Gainesway Farm near Lexington because of declining fertility. The 24-year-old son of Blushing Groom stood his entire career at the farm.
"Mt. Livermore was a top stallion and a great servant to Gainesway," said Gainesway president Antony Beck. "We are delighted to stand his champion son, Orientate
, to carry on the prolific Blushing Groom sire line."
Sire of the earners of $61 million, Mt. Livermore sired additional champions Eliza, Housebuster, Mountain Angel, Mt. Sassafras, and Peaks and Valleys
. The first two-named were Eclipse Award winners and the other three were Canadian champions. Millionaires Mt. Sassafras and Peaks and Valleys each was voted Horse of the Year.
Mt. Livermore also holds the distinction of siring two Breeders' Cup winners. Millionaire Orientate won the 2002 NAPA Sprint (gr. I) the year he was champion sprinter, and millionaire Eliza took the 1992 Juvenile Fillies (gr. I) the year she was champion 2-year-old filly. Housebuster, who also was a millionaire, was a two-time champion sprinter.
Mt. Livermore, who ranked as high as fourth on the leading sires list (in 1995), sired other millionaires Subordination
, Luthier Fever, Meiner Morgen, and Prost Line (in Japan).
Bred in Kentucky by Hilary Boone Jr., Mt. Livermore was a top sprinter himself, winning the 1985 Carter Handicap (gr. II) in 1:20 4/5 for seven furlongs at Aqueduct. Owned by trainer D. Wayne Lukas in partnership with the Barry Beal and L.R. French Jr., he also won that year's Fall Highweight (gr. II) and Boojum (gr. III) Handicaps and the Jaipur Stakes. He was third in the 1985 Breeders' Cup Sprint.
Mt. Livermore, who retired from racing with 11 wins from 30 starts and earnings of $610,644, will continue to reside at Gainesway. This year, he got one mare in foal, Shining Light, who is consigned to the Keeneland November breeding stock sale.