As he heads to Walmac, Reddam owns 10% of Castle Gandolfo.Castle Gandolfo was a good 2-year-old in Europe, winning the group III Juddmonte Beresford Stakes at the Curragh before running second to High Chaparral in the Racing Post Trophy (Eng-I) and to Ballingarry in the Criterium de Saint Cloud (Fr-I). In his second start at three, he ran 12th in War Emblem's Kentucky Derby (gr. I), and returned to Europe where he ran sixth in the French Derby (Fr-I). He was then purchased by Reddam, and could finish no better than third in seven subsequent starts, the last six in the U.S.In his final start, he ran eighth in a Jan. 10 allowance race at Gulfstream. He retired with three wins in 14 starts and earnings of $214,408.
Castle Gandolfo, a group III stakes winner who was also twice group I stakes placed, will enter stud this year at John T.L. Jones' Walmac International near Lexington. He will stand for $6,000.The 5-year-old horse is by Gone West and out of the Northern Dancer mare Golden Oriole. His dam, Golden Oriole, is a full sister to champion El Gran Senor. He was bred in Kentucky by Orpendale, a breeding entity connected to Coolmore Stud.Castle Gandolfo was trained first in his career by Aidan O'Brien for Susan Magnier. He later was purchased privately by J. Paul Reddam.