Three-time grade I winner Sweet Returnhas been moved to Brent Fernung’s Journeyman Stud near Ocala, Fla., for the 2009 breeding season.
Sweet Return, who earned $1,801,377, was a seven-time stakes winner. He placed in nine stakes.
Owned by John Brunetti’s Red Oak Stable, Sweet Return (Elmaamul—Sweet Revival, by Claude Monet) won the Hollywood Derby (gr. IT) at 3, the Frank E. Kilroe Mile Handicap (gr. IIT) and San Marcos Stakes (gr. IIT) at 4, and the Eddie Read (gr. IT) and Charles Whittingham Memorial (gr. IT) Handicaps at 5.
“We’re excited to welcome such a top-class miler as Sweet Return to Journeyman,” Fernung said. “He displayed a rare combination of longevity and class, and he retired sound. With the advent of the synthetic tracks, as well as the increasing soundness concerns our sport faces, Sweet Return is a much-needed compliment to the Florida breeding market.”
Eight-year-old Sweet Return formerly stood at Signature Stallions near Reddick, Fla. A fee will be announced at a later date.