Melbourne Cup Winner Americain to Stand in KY

Americain  , winner of the 2010 Emirates Melbourne Cup (Aus-I) and recently retired from racing, will stand the Northern Hemisphere breeding season in Kentucky in 2013, according to racenet.com.au.

Americain's part owner, Gerry Ryan, told RSN (in Australia) that a deal had been done for an unnamed farm to stand the Melbourne Cup winner, who was bred in Kentucky by Wertheimer et Frere and is by deceased Kentucky stallion Dynaformer.

"It's a big coup for us," Ryan said. "He'll be going to Kentucky to a stud we will name shortly as soon as we've signed a few documents but the horse has already been vetted.

"The owner of the farm is a big fan of Dynaformer. He likes stayers and has 30 mares himself that are suitable for Americain."

Seven-year-old Americain, who was retired after contesting his third Melbourne Cup earlier this month, is an Australian champion stayer who earned multiple championships in France. He raced in North America, finishing third once from four starts, and was group I stakes-placed in Hong Kong.

Americian, who is out of French group II winner America (by Arazi), exited racing with a record of 11-4-4 from 34 starts and earnings of $5,780,679.

Ryan said a decision is also expected in the coming weeks where Americain will stand in Australia for the Southern Hemisphere breeding season.

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