J P's Gusto, a grade I-winning juvenile and successful 3-year-old sprinter, has been retired from racing and will stand in 2012 at Brent and Crystal Fernung's Journeyman Stud near Ocala, Fla.
The son of Successful Appeal was one of the top 2-year-olds in the country in 2010, reeling off four consecutive stakes victories. Based in California, he broke his maiden in the Willard L. Proctor Memorial Stakes at Hollywood Park, after which he won the Hollywood Juvenile Championship (gr. III) and Best Pal (gr. II). His year culminated with a score in the Del Mar Futurity (gr. I).
J P's Gusto also showed his quality by stretching out around two turns with a pair of game runner-up finishes at 1 1/16 miles in the 2010 Norfolk and CashCall Futurity (both gr. I).
As a 3-year-old, J P's Gusto was second behind grade I winner Archarcharch in Oaklawn Park's Southwest Stakes (gr. III). He went back to sprinting in June to impressively win the Red Legend Stakes at Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races by a decisive 6 3/4 lengths. The latter race was J P Gusto's last start.
J P's Gusto was being pointed toward the seven-furlong Foxwoods King's Bishop Stakes (gr. I) at Saratoga before sustaining a career-ending injury while training up to the race. He retires with a record of 5-3-0 from 12 starts, for earnings of $811,760.
“J P's Gusto represents the quality we're always looking to get down here to Journeyman, so we're thrilled to have him,” said Brent Fernung in a release. “He was a great 2-year-old and a top-class racehorse to the day he retired. On top of the ability, his pedigree makes him a natural for Florida. Successful Appeal was a fast Florida-bred and has turned out to be one of the top juvenile sires in the world.”
Owned and campaigned by Gem Inc., J P's Gusto is out of the dual stakes-winning Caller I.D. mare Call Her Magic, who is a half sister to the Pacific Spell (by Langfuhr ), the dam of champion Proud Spell.
J P's Gusto joins a current roster of 13 stallions at Journeyman Stud, which was the Sunshine State's leading stud farm in 2011 by mares bred. Stud fees for all Journeyman stallions will be released soon.