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Alpha Retired, to Stand at Sequel Stallions

Son of Bernardini counts grade I Travers, Woodward among notable wins.

Alpha , a son of leading sire and fellow Darley stallion Bernardini —and the first horse to win both the Travers and the Woodward (gr. I) in nearly 15 years—has been retired to Becky Thomas' Sequel Stallions in New York. 

He will stand for a fee of $8,500 live foal, stands and nurses.

Campaigned in the famous royal blue silks of Godolphin Racing, Alpha won his first start at age 2 by six lengths for trainer Kiaran McLaughlin and impressed his connections so much that he next appeared in the Champagne Stakes (gr. I) at Belmont Park, where he finished a creditable second.

Alpha returned at 3 with consecutive stakes wins. He won the Count Fleet by 2 1/2 lengths, then galloped to victory by an even wider margin in the Withers Stakes (gr. II), a win that would prove to be the first of a hat trick last achieved by his own sire nearly 10 years ago. He was also runner-up in the Resorts World Casino New York City Wood Memorial Stakes (gr. I) that season.
At Saratoga later that summer, Alpha again emulated his sire when winning the Jim Dandy (gr. II) en route to a dead-heat victory in the time-honored Travers (gr. I).
Alpha added a second victory at the highest level in the Woodward (gr. I) last year. He amassed a lifetime bankroll of $1,815,667 and during his career defeated 13 grade I winners.
Bred in Kentucky by Darley out of the Nijinsky II mare Munnaya, Alpha retires with a 6-2-1 record from 22 outings.
"No other stallion son of Bernardini has won more grade I's and with a physical and pedigree to match, we have no doubt he will thrive in New York," said Charlie Boden, head of sales at Darley America.
"We are committed to New York and they have the best regional breeding program in the U.S. Our stallions have received great support there and Alpha has the record to suit."