Godolphin Racing’s Pyro, winner of the Forego Stakes (gr. I) at Saratoga, has been retired and will enter stud in 2010 at Darley Japan where his fee will be ¥2 million (about US$22,100).
Also joining the 4-year-old son of Pulpit as additions to the Darley Japan roster are Commands, among the leading sires in Australia, and Deep Sky, the 2008 champion 3-year-old in Japan when he won the Japan Derby (Jpn-I). Commands, a son of Danehill, will stand for ¥5 million (about US$55,200), and Deep Sky, a son of the deceased Japanese sire Agnes Tachyon, will have a fee of ¥3.5 million (about US$38,600).
“The stallion operation in Japan is going from strength to strength,” John Ferguson, Sheikh Mohammed’s bloodstock advisor said in a release posted on the Darley Web site. “It gives Sheikh Mohammed great satisfaction to be involved in the racing and breeding industry and standing both Commands and Pyro as new international sires for 2010 is proof of Darley’s commitment to the Japanese industry.”
Initially trained by Steve Asmussen for his breeder, Winchell Thoroughbreds, Pyro won or placed in 12 of 17 career starts, with earnings of $1,673,673.
As a 2-year-old, Pyro ran second in the Champagne (gr. I) and Bessemer Trust Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (gr. I), both won by champion juvenile male War Pass. Pyro emerged as a contender on the Triple Crown trail early in his 3-year-old season after winning the Risen Star Stakes (gr. III) and Louisiana Derby (gr. II) in his first two starts of the season. He was unplaced in both the Toyota Blue Grass (gr. I) and Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) before regaining his winning form to take the Northern Dancer Stakes (gr. III) at Churchill Downs in mid-June. In four additional starts that year, the colt finished second in the Indiana Derby (gr. II), second in the Jim Dandy (gr. II), and third in the Travers Stakes (gr. I).
Darley assumed ownership of Pyro following his unplaced effort in the 2008 TVG Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile and was trained by Saeed bin Suroor throughout his final season. In addition to winning the Sept. 5 Forego at Saratoga this year, Pyro finished third in the James Marvin Stakes at Saratoga. He was the beaten favorite in his career finale, an unplaced finish in the Nov. 28 Hill 'n' Dale Cigar Mile (gr. I).
Pyro is out of the Wild Again mare Wild Vision, a full sister to grade II winner Wild Wonder and a half-sister to stakes winner Acrylic. Pyro's third dam is Carols Christmas, the Winchell family's blue hen mare and dam of three stakes winners, including grade I winner Olympio and grade II winner Call Now, who is a full sister to Wild Vision.
Pyro is a half-brother to Silverbulletday Stakes (gr. III) winner War Echo (by Tapit ).