El Gran Senor, a son of Northern Dancer and sire of 49 stakes winners to date, has been retired. The 19-year-old stallion has suffered from subfertility throughout his 15 years at stud, so the decision has been announced by Ashford Stud to formally retire the stallion. He stood his last season at Ashford, near Versailles, Ky., for a fee of $15,000. He and pensioned stallion Storm Bird will remain at the farm.
E.P. Taylor, in partnership with Vincent O'Brien, John Magnier, and Robert Sangster, bred El Gran Senor in Maryland from the Buckpasser mare Sex Appeal. He is a full brother to champion Try My Best and a half-brother to stakes winner Solar, and was himself named England's Champion 2-year-old, 3-year-old, and miler and Ireland's juvenile champion in 1983. He retired with $502,819 in earnings from seven wins and one second in eight lifetime starts.
Among El Gran Senor's victories was the 1984 2,000 Guineas (Eng-I) and Irish Derby (Ire-I), and the 1983 Dewhurst Stakes (Eng-I). He entered stud in 1985 at Taylor's Windfields Farm near Chesapeake City, Md., then the following year moved to Ashford Stud, a part of the Coolmore operation, in which Magnier, O'Brien, and Sangster are principals.
Among the stallion's top progeny are champion sprinter and Breeders' Cup Sprint (gr. I) winner Lit de Justice, 2,000 Guineas winner Rodrigo de Triano, and champions Flowing, George Augustus, Helmsman, Kundalini, Littleton, Winter Quarters, and Yankee Bloom.