Newly-retired Wheelaway.

Newly-retired Wheelaway.

Barbara D. Livingston

Wheelaway Retired to McMahon of Saratoga

Wheelaway, winner of the 2000 Tampa Bay Derby, has been retired from racing will stand the 2003 season at Joe and Anne McMahon's McMahon of Saratoga Thoroughbreds in upstate New York. Wheelaway, who has not started since finishing fourth in the 2000 Belmont Stakes (gr. I) behind Commendable, is a son of Unbridled, out of the Damascus mare, Cuidado. Cuidado is a half-sister to the group-winning Mr. Prospector mare, At Risk.

Wheelaway was bred in Kentucky by Henrietta Alexander and was a $250,000 Keeneland September sale yearling from the King Ranch consignment. On the racetrack, Wheelaway won two of seven starts, with one second and one third. Only racing as a 3-year-old, he earned $249,760 for owners Caesar Kimmel and Philip Solondz.

His lone stakes score came in the 1 1/16-mile Tampa Bay Derby, where he defeated Impeachment and Perfect Cat. He was also third in the Toyota Blue Grass Stakes (gr. I) behind High Yield and More Than Ready. Sent to the Kentucky Derby (gr. I) by trainer John Kimmel, Wheelaway finished fifth behind Fusaichi Pegasus. Following his Belmont effort, according to Joe McMahon, a bone chip was removed and he never recovered to the point he could return to the same level of racing.

"Unbridled's Song has been popular already," Joe McMahon said of the acceptance of sons of Unbridled at stud. "A good son of Unbridled will be popular in New York." Unbridled, winner of the 1990 Kentucky Derby and Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I), died in October of 2001.

McMahon said Wheelaway will be syndicated. His stud fee for 2003 is set at $6,000.