Godolphin's Chief Seattle has been retired from racing and will begin his stallion career at Bruce Kline and Mary Lou Wibel's Dixiana Farm near Lexington. Central Kentucky horseman William Betz, who campaigned grade I stakes-placed Chief Seattle with Phil Needham during the colt's 2-year-old season, entered into a management agreement with Sheikh Mohammed al Maktoum's Darley Stud Management to oversee the early phases of Chief Seattle's stallion career.
Godolphin, which is operated by members of the Maktoum family, privately acquired Chief Seattle after the colt ran second in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I) last November. Chief Seattle was sent to Dubai with the intention of training him up to the U.S. classics, but never even got to the races this year.
Bred by Atwood Richards, Chief Seattle (Seattle Slew--Skatingonthinice, by Icecapade) won his first start by 9 3/4 lengths at Saratoga, then ran fourth in the Futurity Stakes (gr. I) and second in the Champagne Stakes (gr. I) in his only other starts. He earned $327,000. A fee will be announced at a later date.