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Fast Bullet won the 2013 True North Handicap.
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Skip Dickstein

Fast Bullet Retired, to Stand at Pauls Mill

Speedy son of Speightstown carries a $7,500 fee for 2014.

Grade II winner Fast Bullet has been retired from racing and will take up stud duty at Pauls Mill for a fee of $7,500 live foal stands and nurses, it was announced Nov. 7.

"Fast Bullet is cast in the mold of his sire Speightstown  who went from champion sprinter to leading sire," said Ben Walden, owner of Pauls Mill. "Fast Bullet was as brilliant and talented as they come, and is as nice a horse physically as I've ever seen. Speed and class runs in the family. His dam (Renfro Valley Star, by Dayjur) is a half sister to  Eclipse champion and Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies (gr. I) winner Brave Raj."

Five-year-old Fast Bullet was an impressive winner of the RTN True North Handicap (gr. II) in front-running fashion, defeating Justin Phillip  by 2 1/2 lengths as the 4-5 favorite June 8 at Belmont Park.

His sire, who currently ranks second on the general sire list with more than $10 million in earnings and 21 stakes winners, also won the six-furlong True North as an older horse. Fast Bullet's final time of 1:08.27 was within a fifth of a second of his sire’s final time in the race.

A first-out maiden winner at Santa Anita Park in October 2011, the brilliantly fast chestnut won four of seven starts and earned $330,334. He twice ran in the Xpressbet Breeders' Cup Sprint (gr. I), finishing seventh in his final race Nov. 2 and sixth in 2012.

Raced by Zayat Stables, Fast Bullet was trained by Bob Baffert, who commented, "God doesn't make horses this fast very often. He had world-class speed."

"Fast Bullet was a Zayat family favorite. He was such a courageous competitor. I've had many fast horses, I don't know know that I've owned any faster than him. We plan to support him with our mares as well as in the sales ring and on the racetrack," said owner Ahmed Zayat.