Grade III winner Keep Up will retire from racing and begin his stud career at Mill Ridge near Lexington, it was announced by the farm's managing partner Headley Bell. The son of Unbridled's Song will participate in the "Share the Upside" breeding incentive program for $4,000 (for two years) or $5,000 live foal stands and nurses.
Bred in Kentucky by John Chandler, Jamm Ltd., Shug McGaughey, and Mill Ridge, Keep Up was produced from Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) winner and $1.6 million-earner Keeper Hill, by Deputy Minister. He is inbred 4X4 to Killaloe, the dam of grade I winner and important sire Fappiano.
Mill Ridge officials shared how Keep Up was given a 10% chance to race after he broke the accessory carpal bone in his knee as a yearling, requiring three screws to be inserted and seven months of stall rest.
He eventually grew sound enough to train and made 18 starts, winning seven, including the River City Handicap (gr. III) over grade I winner Boisterous. Keep Up, who also captured this year's Swoon's Son Stakes at Arlington Park, had career earnings of more than $300,000.
"It is remarkable Keep Up survived, much less became such a successful racehorse when you think what he was up against after he broke his knee," said Bell in a release. "Considering his pedigree, heart, class, and imposing good looks, we want to give him a chance at stud. The Share the Upside incentive program introduced by Spendthrift allows the small breeder an opportunity to participate and dream."