Grade I winner Mizzen Mast, a homebred for Khalid Abdullah's Juddmonte Farms, has been retired from racing and will enter stud at Juddmonte near Lexington. The 4-year-old Kentucky-bred son of Cozzene has not raced since winning the Strub Stakes (gr. II) at Santa Anita in February.
Mizzen Mast, who began his career in France and was a group winner there, emerged as one of top older runners on the West Coast for trainer Bobby Frankel. After winning the Bien Bien Stakes on grass at Hollywood Park last November, he took the first race in Santa Anita's Strub Series, the Malibu Stakes (gr. I), the following month, then captured the final race, the Strub Stakes (gr. II), in stakes-record time of 1:47.25 for 1 1/8 miles. Mizzen Mast was pointed for the Santa Anita Handicap (gr. I) in March, but missed the race because of a quarter track. He retires with five wins from 11 starts and $554,146 in earnings.
Mizzen Mast's dam, Kinema (by Graustark), is a half-sister to stakes winner Sweet Alliance, the dam of European champion Shareef Dancer. Mizzen Mast's third dam is the Newstead foundation mare Legendra.
Mizzen Mast's stud fee has not been decided.