Anne M. Eberhardt

Marquetry Relocated to Old Friends

Grade I winner and successful stallion arrived at retirement facility June 25.

Grade I winner and successful sire Marquetry arrived at Old Friends' Dream Chase Farm near Georgetown, Ky. June 25, according to Old Friends founder and president Michael Blowen.

The 23-year-old son of Conquistador Cielo was pensioned from stud duty in May because of declining fertility. He was standing at Stonewall Farm Ocala in Florida pior to becoming part of Old Friends' well-known equine retirement program.

Marquetry, who sired Breeders’ Cup winners and sprint champions Artax and Squirtle Squirt, began his stallion career at Ben. P. Walden Jr.’s Vinery near Midway, Ky. He also stood at Stonewall Farm Stallions near Versailles, Ky. Marquetry covered 38 mares in 2010.

Bred by Prince Khalid Abdullah’s Juddmonte Farms, Marquetry raced for Juddmonte alone and in various partnerships. He captured three grade I stakes, including the 1991 Hollywood Gold Cup, and retired with earnings of $2,857,886.

“We are very grateful to Mr. (Richard) Haisfield and everyone at Stonewall for trusting us with this amazing athlete,” Blowen said. “He's a great addition to our roster of superstars.”