Alumni Hall, a two-time graded stakes winner at Keeneland, has been retired from racing for stallion duty at William S. Farish's Lane's End Farm near Versailles, Ky. The 7-year-old son of Lane's End stallion A.P. Indy will stand for $5,000 live foal.Alumni Hall didn't get around to racing until he was a 5-year-old because of physical ailments. He didn't waste any time showing he was worth the wait, winning at Keeneland in his first start, then capturing his next three of four races, including the Black Tie Affair Handicap at Arlington Park. It was as a 6-year-old when Alumni Hall achieved his greatest accomplishments. He won the Ben Ali (gr. III) and Fayette (gr. III) Stakes at Keeneland and took the Maxxam Gold Cup Handicap at Sam Houston. He ran second in the Meadowlands Breeders' Cup Stakes (gr. II)."We didn't want to give up on him because he had so much talent," Farish said. "He would have been a major horse if we had gotten him to the races as a 2-year-old. As it turned out, he did remarkably well."He's a solid horse with a wonderful conformation who retired sound. He's a nice fit for us at that price."This year, Alumni Hall placed in four graded stakes: the New Orleans Handicap (gr. II), plus the Ben Ali, Turfway Park Fall Championship (gr. III), and Eclipse (Can-III) Stakes. He retired with nine wins from 28 races and earnings of $747,756 for trainer Neil Howard.Alumni Hall was bred by Farish in partnership with James Elkins and W. Temple Webber Jr. He closed out his career racing for Farish, Webber, and the Elkins' estate.One of three stakes winners from grade I stakes-placed Private Status (by Alydar), Alumni Hall is a full brother to grade I winner and millionaire Secret Status. Alumni Hall joins A.P. Indy's sons Mineshaft and Mingun at Lane's End.
Smart Strike's stallion stock took another leap in the Breedersâ€™ Cup World Championships with wins by Curlin in the $5 million Classic -Powered by Dodge (gr. I) and English Channel in the $3 million John Deere Turf (gr. IT).