Kentucky Derby winner Charismatic to stand in Japan.

Kentucky Derby winner Charismatic to stand in Japan.

Barbara D. Livingston

Charismatic to Japan

Horse of the Year Charismatic, who has stood since his retirement at William S. Farish's Lane's End Farm near Versailles, Ky., has been sold to the Japan Racing Association and will stand at the Japan Bloodhorse Breeders Association Stallion Station near Shizunai. A fee has not been announced for the 6-year-old son of Summer Squall.

Charismatic's sale comes on the heels of the Yoshida family's Shadai Stallion Station buying this year's Kentucky Derby (gr. I) and Preakness Stakes (gr. I) winner War Emblem for stallion duty in Japan. Charismatic won the 1999 Kentucky Derby and Preakness and was injured during a third-place finish in the Belmont Stakes (gr. I) in what proved to be his final race. He was named champion 3-year-old colt in addition to Horse of the Year and was retired with five wins from 17 starts and earnings of $2,038,064 for owners Robert and Beverly Lewis.

Charismatic, who was produced from the Drone mare Bali Babe, has stood his three seasons for $35,000, and 38 of his first-crop yearlings have averaged $70,295 this year. Lane's End earlier announced a $20,000 fee for him in 2003.