Due Date, a turf sprint specialist who won two consecutive stakes at Fair Grounds, has been retired from racing for stallion duty at Peach Lane Farms near Opelousas, La. The 6-year-old son of El Prado will stand for $2,000 live foal.
Due Date captured the Bonapaw Stakes and the Colonel Power Stakes, both at 5 1/2 furlongs on turf at Fair Grounds in back-to-back starts. During his career, he also won the Kentucky Cup Turf Dash Stakes on grass and placed in three stakes, including the Jaipur Stakes (gr. IIIT) at Belmont Park and the Woodford Stakes (gr. IIIT) at Keeneland. Following the Kentucky Cup Turf Dash, he rallied to finish sixth, beaten three lengths, in the 2010 Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint (gr. IIT) at Churchill Downs.
Due Date recorded 90-plus Beyer Speed Figures in six consecutive starts and registered 98 Beyers two other times.
Campaigned as a homebred by Bert, Elaine, and Richard Klein, Due Date was retired with eight wins and five placings from a total of 30 starts and earnings of $276,788.
A half brother to stakes winner Country Day, Due Date is out of the graded stakes-winning Mt. Livermore mare Hidden Assets, who is a half sister to graded stakes winner Smooth Runner.