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Grade I Winner Telling Retired

Son of A.P. Indy won conseutive runnings of the grade I Sword Dancer at Saratoga.

Telling, a two-time Saratoga grade I winner, has been retired from racing to stand at Stonewall Farm Ocala in Florida. The fee for the 8-year-old son of A.P. Indy will be announced later.

Marc Haisfield is Stonewall's managing member.

“Acquiring Telling is tremendous for the Florida breeding industry,” said Michelle Hemingway, the farm’s director of bloodstock. “Florida has asked for A.P. Indy-line sires, and we are providing them. We have three in our roster. Telling is especially exciting, as he is a multiple grade I winner. Our goal in Florida is to bring regal stallions and pedigrees to the industry to allow Florida to be a mecca for Thoroughbred breeders.”

Telling will join Big Drama and Leroidesanimaux on the stallion roster and will be part of Stonewall’s new Out-of-State Breeding Program.

Telling made all but his first start  for Alex and JoAnn Lieblong, who privately acquired him from his breeder, Darley. Telling then was turned over to trainer Steve Hobby.

At 4, Telling won his first four starts and placed in three stakes including the River City Handicap (gr. IIIT), the Stars and Stripes Turf Handicap (gr. IIIT), and the Sycamore Stakes (gr. IIIT).

In 2009, Telling won the first of consecutive runnings of the Sword Dancer Invitational Stakes (gr. IT) at Saratoga, defeating  2004 Sword Dancer Invitational winner and John Deere Breeders’ Cup Turf (gr. IT) winner Better Talk Now.

“He did well at Saratoga,” Alex Lieblong said. “He liked the hard surface.”

Telling, who made his last start in December under the care of David Fawkes, was retired with a record of 6-4-4 from 28 starts and earnings of $848,409.

Telling’s dam, Well Chosen (Deputy Minister), won the 1998 Ashland Stakes (gr. I) at Keeneland.