Jack Murphy, who raced Formal Gold and started him at stud at Gainesway Farm near Lexington, will continue to send mares to him. "We are committed to the California breeders program and look forward to a long and fruitful relationship," he said.Formal Gold, who was produced from the Screen King mare Ingoldsby, recorded those superlative Beyers in the Whitney (gr. I) and Philip H. Iselin (gr. II) Handicaps and Woodward Stakes (gr. I). He retired with eight wins from 16 starts and earnings of $1.533,600. A fee will be announced later.
Formal Gold, whose Beyer Speed Figures of 126, 124, and 125 in three consecutive graded stakes stamped him as perhaps America's best racehorse since the early 1990s, will be relocated to Tom Clark's Rancho San Miguel near San Miguel, Calif."We are thrilled to have Formal Gold at Rancho San Miguel," Clark said. "He will make a valuable contribution to California's breeding and racing program."Formal Gold's runners have earned $1.7 million this year, which would place the stallion sixth on the current California sire list. A 16-year-old son of Horse of the Year Black Tie Affair, Formal Gold is represented by six stakes winners and eight stakes-placed runners from his first two crops. This year, he has sired four stakes winners, including dual added-money winner Spectacular Lisa, plus Caballero Negro, who won the Aug. 7 Silver Season Stakes.