Unbeaten 2-year-old Run Away and Hide has been retired from racing and will enter stud in 2009 at John Phillips’ Darby Dan Farm near Lexington. His fee is $7,500.
Run Away and Hide won his debut at the Keeneland spring meeting, then took the Kentucky Stakes (gr. III) in :57.56 at five furlongs during Derby week at Churchill Downs. He then won the Saratoga Special Stakes (gr. II) in 1:15.67 at 6 1/2 furlongs in what was his last start, He retired with earnings of $224,684.
“He was very special, but untapped. He hadn't gotten warmed up to what his potential was,” said trainer Ronny Werner. “At that stage of his career, he was the best 2-year-old I've ever had. He’s the whole package: very intelligent, a great athlete, with push-button speed.”
By City Zip, Run Away and Hide is out of the winning Runaway Groom mare Jilted, whose dam is a half-sister to grade I winner Firery Ensign. Run Away and Hide was bred in Kentucky by Ron Kirk, Michael Riordan, and Joint Ventures, and raced for the two men in partnership with John C. Bates.