New York's 2012 horse of the Year, The Lumber Guy , has been retired and will stand at Keane Stud in Amenia, N.Y., this year as property of Spendthrift Farm. His fee will be $5,000 stands and nurses, and he'll be offered in Spendthrift's Share The Upside Program.
"When you look back at the 2012 crop of 3-year-olds, you could easily make the argument that it was one of the best we've seen in the last several years," said Spendthrift general manager Ned Toffey. "By the speed figures, there wasn't a faster 3-year-old in 2012 than The Lumber Guy. His 110 Beyer winning the grade I Vosburgh over older horses marked the fastest Beyer by a 3-year-old sprinter, and his three-quarter Ragozin in the Breeders' Cup Sprint (gr. I) was the fastest of any 3-year-old period, including Trinniberg , Bodemeister , Paynter , I'll Have Another , and all others."
Racing as a homebred for Barry Schwartz's Stonewall Farm, The Lumber Guy (Grand Slam—Boltono, by Unbridled's Song) won four stakes in 2012 starting with a 4 1/4-length runaway win in the Miracle Wood Stakes in his second start. He next finished a respectable fifth in the 1 1/8-mile Wood Memorial (gr. I) and followed that performance with a decisive victory in the Jerome Stakes (gr. II).
Facing older horses for the first time, The Lumber Guy got his biggest career win in the Vosburgh Invitational Stakes (gr. I). He shipped cross-country as one of the favorites for the Xpressbet Breeders' Cup Sprint (gr. I) and finished a fast-closing runner-up by three-quarters of a length to eventual sprint champion Trinniberg.
The Lumber Guy retires with career earnings of $790,300.
"The Lumber Guy was a seriously talented racehorse, and he has the looks and pedigree to match," said Ken Wilkins, Spendthrift's stallion director. "We're thrilled to be able to bring him home to New York breeders for 2014."
The Lumber Guy will be available for inspection at Spendthrift Farm in Lexington during the Keeneland January Sale before he will be shipped to New York.