Mathea Kelley

Workforce Retired; Will Stand in Japan

Classic-winning Juddmonte colt was a champion in England and in France.

Workforce, winner of last year’s Investec Epsom Derby (Eng-I) and the Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe (Fr-I), has been retired from racing and will stand in 2012 at Teruya Yoshida’s Shadai Farm in Japan, according to the Racing Post.

Racing as a homebred for Khalid Abdullah’s Juddmonte Farms, Workforce won the Epsom Derby by seven lengths—the third biggest margin in the race’s history—and set a course record of 2:31.33. He closed out the year with a head triumph in the Arc, giving Juddmonte its fourth win in that prestigious race following Rainbow Quest (in 1985), Dancing Brave (1986), and Rail Link (2006). Workforce was a champion in both France and England.

This year Workforce captured the Piper Heidsieck Champagne Brigadier Gerard Stakes (Eng-III) and ran second in the Betfair King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes (Eng-I) and the Coral Eclipse Stakes (Eng-I). He contested this year’s Arc, finishing 12th in what was his final start. He exited racing with seven top-two finishes from nine starts and earnings of $4,930,919.

Bred in Great Britain, Workforce is by King's Best out of the Sadler's Wells mare Soviet Moon, a full sister to English and Irish champion Brian Boru and stakes winner Kitty O’Shea.