Melbourne Cup Winner Americain to Calumet
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Americain

The 2010 Melbourne Cup (Aus-I) winner Americain   will commence his stud career at Calumet Farm in Lexington, it was announced Nov. 22.

Calumet purchased a 50% interest in the son of Dynaformer, and Americain will travel to the U.S. in December to stand in February of 2013.

Gerry and Val Ryan and Kevin and Colleen Bamford, who raced Americain, have retained a 50% interest and will also purchase mares in the Northern Hemisphere to be served by Americain at Calumet, according to a release.

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 also raced in North America, finishing third once from four starts, and was group I stakes-placed in Hong Kong.

In addition to winning the 150th anniversary of the Melbourne Cup two seasons back, he was also a group II and group III winner. His victories in France included the Prix Kergolay (Fr-II) and the Prix Vicomtesse Vigier (Fr-II) for trainer Alain de Royer-Dupre.

Americain, who is out of French group II winner America (by Arazi), earned $5,780,679 while compiling a 11-4-4 record from 34 starts. He will be given a kick-start to his stud career by serving a number of mares owned by Calumet that were specifically purchased for Americain's late sire, who passed away April 29.

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