Closing Argument, the 2005 Kentucky Derby (gr. I) runner-up, has been retired from racing and will take up stud duty for the 2006 breeding season at Becky Thomas' Sequel Stallions in Ocala, Florida.The bay colt by Successful Appeal -Mrs. Greeley, by Mr. Greeley will stand as property of the partnership of JMJ Racing (Dennis Narlinger), Becky Thomas and Lewis Lakin, and Phillip and Marcia Cohen.
Trained by Kiaran McLaughlin, Closing Argument finished a game second in this year's Kentucky Derby (gr. I), losing by a half-length to Giacomo, and finishing ahead of eventual Preakness Stakes (gr. I) and Belmont Stakes (gr. I) winner Afleet Alex. Earlier this year, Closing Argument won the Holy Bull Stakes (gr. III) at Gulfstream Park, defeating the likes of eventual Florida Derby (gr. I) winner, High Fly. Closing Argument placed in the Toyota Blue Grass Stakes (gr. I) at Keeneland. As a 2 year-old Closing Argument won a maiden special weight at Saratoga in his first start. He also won the NATC Futurity at Delaware Park.
Thomas and Lakin, who owned 25% of Closing Argument's sire, Successful Appeal, before his relocation to Kentucky, were thrilled about the opportunity to bring the stallion's first son to stud in Florida.
Said Thomas, "Closing Argument is such a beautiful, well balanced, and well conformed horse with the very rare combination of early two year-old speed and Classic ability. Also, to be able to fill the void Successful Appeal left with Florida breeders when he was moved to Kentucky is a great opportunity. We were so fond of Successful Appeal and feel the same way about his leading money-earner."
Closing Argument only missed the board once in his career. He retires with a record of 9-3-3-2 and earnings of $986,984. Closing Argument was the first foal produced from the Mr. Greeley mare, Mrs. Greeley. He will stand the 2006 breeding season for $10,000 live foal.