Elite Squadron shown winning the Churchill Downs Handicap (gr. II)

Elite Squadron shown winning the Churchill Downs Handicap (gr. II)

Anne M. Eberhardt

Elite Squadron Retired to Wintergreen

Elite Squadron will enter stud at Wintergreen Stallion Station for $7,500.

Grade II winner Elite Squadron has been retired from racing for stallion duty in 2009 at Wintergreen Stallion Station near Midway, Ky. His fee is $7,500.

By Officer, 4-year-old Elite Squadron scored his big win in this year’s Churchill Downs Stakes (gr. II), running the seven furlongs in 1:21.53 and winning by 4 1/2 lengths. He last ran in the Triple Bend Invitational Handicap (gr. I) at Hollywood Park in July and finished a half-length behind Street Boss in a runner-up effort.

“Elite Squadron is an incredibly attractive horse with a tremendous amount of speed,” said John J. Greely IV, co-owner of Wintergreen. “He ran first or second in stakes on dirt, polytrack, Cushion, and Tapeta. That is a quality most horses don’t possess.”

Elite Squadron also placed in this year’s Commonwealth (gr. II) and Aristides (gr. III) Stakes and the Richter Scale Sprint Handicap (gr. II). He ranked third at one time on the Breeders’ Cup Sprint division point standings. Last year, he took the 2007 Tom Ridge Labor Day Stakes.

Bred in Kentucky by Matt Herbener, Elite Squadron won or placed in nine of 14 races and earned $507,059 while racing for Tom R. Walters. He was trained by James Baker.

Elite Squadron’s dam, Sweet Mama (by High Brite), was a stakes winner and graded stakes-placed.