Aragorn, who ran second in the NetJets Breeders' Cup Mile (gr. IT), has arrived at William S. Farish's Lane's End Farm near Versailles, Ky., where he will begin stud duty for $30,000 in 2007. The 4-year-old son of Giant's Causeway concluded his racing career as a homebred for Irish-based Ballygallon Stud."We're very pleased with his Breeders' Cup race," Farish said. "It was a terrific effort, and he came out of the race great."One of the year's top turf runners, Aragorn figures to receive plenty of support in Eclipse Award balloting by virtue of his four consecutive graded stakes wins in Southern California going into the Mile. He captured in succession the Shoemaker Breeders' Cup Mile Stakes (gr. IT); the Eddie Read Handicap (gr. IT) in course-record time of 1:44.79 for 1 1/8 miles; the Del Mar Breeders' Cup Handicap (gr. IIT) in 1:32.68 for the mile; and the Oak Tree Breeders' Cup Mile Stakes (gr. IIT). In his two other races this year, he finished a head behind the winner in the Frank E. Kilroe Mile Handicap (gr. IT) in a runner-up effort and was second in the San Francisco Breeders' Cup Mile Stakes (gr. IIT).Aragorn, who initially raced in England and Ireland, retired with six wins and six placings from 14 races and earnings of $1,529,325.Aragorn is out of the Mr. Prospector mare Onaga, and his second dam is the Northern Dancer's grade II stakes-winning daughter Savannah Dancer.
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).