David Copperfield Retired to Hopewell

David Copperfield, a grade III turf winner who has not started this year, has been retired and will stand in 2004 at Rick Trontz' Hopewell Farm near Midway, Ky. No stud fee was announced for the 6-year-old son of Halo.

David Copperfield was sold as part of the estate of Marshall Naify at the 2000 Barretts July sale. He was purchased by Visionary Corp. for $2.6 million, and raced thereafter for The Thoroughbred Corp. The month prior, he had won the Cinema Handicap (gr. IIIT) at Hollywood Park. He ran second that November in the grade I Early Times Hollywood Derby.

Last year, David Copperfield won the Bay Meadows Breeders' Cup Handicap (gr. IIIT).

He is due to arrive at Hopewell next week.

"Halo has been a tremendous sire of sires, as seen by sons like Sunday Silence, Saint Ballado, and Devil's Bag," Trontz said in a release. "We're delighted to get what is essentially the last of the Halos and a good-looking stout, strong individual to boot. His race record, not to mention his sales price, back up his promise."