Dublin, winner of the 2009 Three Chimneys Hopeful Stakes (gr. I) at Saratoga, has been retired from racing because of a fractured sesamoid. The 4-year-old Afleet Alex colt finished sixth in an optional claiming race at Churchill Downs July 2 in his first race since the 2010 Preakness Stakes (gr. I).
“We’ll keep him here and rehab him and look forward to trying to find him a place to stand at stud,” said trainer D. Wayne Lukas. “He’s such an outstanding individual. He’s got a beautiful pedigree and is a grade I winner and I feel comfortable in saying that he’s going to make a good sire. Horses with that type of conformation are generally well received.”
Dublin was bought by his owners, Robert C. Baker and William L. Mack, for $525,000 at the 2008 Keeneland September yearling sale from Dromoland Farm, agent. Gerry Dilger, Dromoland owner, bred Dublin with Peter E. Blum.
Dublin captured the Hopeful for 2-year-olds in his third start. At 3, he placed in the Southwest Stakes (gr. III), Rebel Stakes (gr. II), and the Arkansas Derby (gr. I) before finishing seventh in Super Saver’s Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I). He then ran fifth the Preakness Stakes (gr. I).
Dublin is out of the grade I-winning Storm Bird mare Classy Mirage, who is a half sister to multiple grade I winner Missy's Mirage.
The chestnut colt finished his career with earnings of $438,949.