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Rule Retired, to Stand at Vinery New York

Grade II winner won or placed in 11 stakes, three of which were grade I events.

Rule, a multiple graded stakes winner, has been retired from racing and will stand stud in 2013 at Vinery New York near Poughquag, N.Y.

The WinStar Farm homebred will stand for $6,500 stands and nurses. He is part of the "Dream Big" breeders' program.

By Roman Ruler, Rule is out of the Personal Flag mare Rockcide, a half sister to Funny Cide, the 2003 champion 3-year-old male and winner of that year's Kentucky Derby (gr. I) and Preakness Stakes (gr. I).

"Rule is a natural for New York, and his pedigree should be a very familiar one to local breeders," said Elliott Walden, WinStar president and CEO. "Obviously, his dam is the sister of perhaps New York's best racehorse ever in Funny Cide, who was the first Kentucky Derby winner we bred, and the horse that really put WinStar on the map. Rule is an awesome looking individual and a precocious, high-quality racehorse in his own right, winning a grade II this year over Flat Out  and placing in three grade I races during his career."

Rule captured three straight races to close out his juvenile campaign, culminating with a win in the Boyd Gaming's Delta Jackpot Stakes (gr. III). He ran his win streak to four with a victory in the Sam F. Davis Stakes (gr. III) at 3 before placing in the Florida Derby (gr. I).

As a 4-year-old, Rule won the Birdstone Stakes at Saratoga and placed in four graded stakes including the Donn Handicap (gr. I) and Woodward Stakes (gr. I). This year, Rule won the Monmouth Cup Stakes (gr. II) over Flat Out. 

Trained by Todd Pletcher, Rule was retired with a record of 6-2-6 from 20 starts and earnings of $1,162,350.