Cloverleaf Farms II announced that grade II winner High Limit has arrived at John Sykes' Cloverleaf Farms II near Reddick, Fla., where he will enter stud in 2007. The 4-year-old son of Maria's Mon
retired with earnings of $922,500.
"We are very excited to stand such a talented race horse," said Cloverleaf general manager Brent Fernung."Like his sire, High Limit showed ability early, and we are confident that he will do the same for his progeny."
High Limit won his first two races by a total of 18 1/2 lengths as a 2-year-old and captured the Louisiana Derby (gr. II) in his 3-year-old debut to remain unbeaten. Favored in the Toyota Blue Grass Stakes (gr. I) in his next start, he finished second to Bandini, then went on to compete in both the Kentucky Derby (gr. I) and Preakness Stakes (gr. I).
High Limit's 4-year-old campaign started with consecutive wins in the San Pasqual Handicap (gr. II) and the Strub Stakes, (gr. II), with the previous year's Kentucky Derby winner, Giacomo, finishing third in the latter event. High Limit was favored in his next start, the Santa Anita Handicap (gr. I), but came out of the race with a career-ending injury. He retired with five wins from a dozen races.
Bred in Kentucky by Brookfield Farm and owned by Gary and Mary West, High Limit is out of the Known Fact mare Known Romance, who is a half-sister to stakes winner Spartan Cat. His second dam, Spa Romance, is a half-sister to grade I winner Dance Teacher and millionaire Gold Mover.
A fee will be announced later.