Multiple graded stakes-winning millionaire Alternation has been retired and will stand at owner Josephine Abercrombie's Pin Oak Stud near Versailles, Ky., in 2014. A stud fee has yet to be announced.
The 5-year-old son of Distorted Humor is a homebred for Pin Oak and is out of the stakes-winning Seattle Slew mare Alternate. Alternation hails from one of Pin Oak's most successful families, which also includes sires Broken Vow and Peaks and Valleys, the latter a Canadian Horse of the Year.
"In my opinion, Alternation is one of the best-looking horses I've ever had," Abercrombie said in a release. "He's got all the right qualities."
Alternation broke his maiden by seven lengths in his second start at age 2. He won three times as a 3-year-old, most impressively when coming from off the pace to score in the Peter Pan Stakes (gr. II) at Belmont Park.
At 4, Alternation ranked among the country's top two-turn dirt runners of 2012. He began the season by capturing Oaklawn Park's Essex Handicap and followed up with wins in the Razorback Handicap (gr. III) and Oaklawn Handicap (gr. II).
In the Oaklawn Handicap, Alternation wired the field to win by 2 1/2 lengths over rivals that included grade I winners Ron the Greek and Hymn Book. Alternation then picked up his fourth consecutive stakes win in Pimlico Race Course's Pimlico Special (gr. III).
Alternation, who was trained throughout his career by Donnie Von Hemel, retires with a record of 9-1-1 from 19 starts and earnings totaling $1,064,727.