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Backseat Rhythm Retired; Booked to Big Brown

Daughter of El Corredor was a grade I performer on dirt and turf

Paul Pompa Jr. has retired his grade I winner Backseat Rhythm and plans to send her to one of his former stars, champion and dual classic winner Big Brown .

A grade I performer on dirt and turf, Backseat Rhythm won the Garden City (gr. IT), Lake Placid (gr. IIT), and Hillsborough (gr. IIIT) Stakes, and placed in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies (gr. I) and the Frizette (gr. I), Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup (gr. IT), and The Very One (gr. IIIT) Stakes. In the Juvenile Fillies, she finished behind subsequent champions Indian Blessing and Proud Spell. During her career, Backseat Rhythm won or placed in 11 of 20 races and earned $842,195.

“She gave us a lot of enjoyment and memorable moments right from the start,” Pompa said about the 5-year-old daughter of El Corredor. “She showed a lot of heart in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies and then emerged as a top 3-year-old filly with big efforts at Saratoga, Belmont, and Keeneland.  She’ll join (graded winner) D’ Funnybone’s dam (Elbow) at Hidden Brook (near Paris, Ky.) and both will spend some quality time with Big Brown this season. I look forward to campaigning some homebred runners in the future.”

Bred in Kentucky by Hill ‘n’ Dale Farm and Spast Farm, Backseat Rhythm is out of the graded stakes-placed Kissin Kris mare Kiss a Miss.

Big Brown, whom Pompa raced in partnership during the colt’s championship season, stands for $55,000 at Robert N. Clay’s Three Chimneys Farm near Midway, Ky.