Bred by the late Verne Winchell, Cuvee is by Carson City and is out of the Star de Naskra mare Christmas Star, who is a half-sister to graded winners Olympio and Call Now.
Cuvee, last year's runner-up in Eclipse Award balloting for best 2-year-old male for Winchell Thoroughbreds and Bruce Kline and partners' Spendthrift Farm, was retired following his unplaced effort in the Breeders' Cup Sprint (gr. I) and will enter stud at Spendthrift near Lexington, Ky. for a fee of $10,000.Cuvee's four wins last year came by some 30 lengths, including scores in the Futurity (gr. I), Saratoga Special (gr. II), and Kentucky Breeders' Cup (gr. III) Stakes. Cuvee also ran third in the Bashford Manor Stakes (gr. III). This year, he finished second in the Kentucky Cup Sprint (gr. III) and Matt Winn Stakes in his only two starts before the Sprint. He retired with earnings of $402,044.