Forest Camp to Stand at Airdrie Stud

Forest Camp, a top 2-year-old of 1999, has been retired and will stand in 2002 at Brereton C. Jones' Airdrie Stud near Midway, Ky. Forest Camp, by Deputy Minister -- La Paz, by Hold Your Peace, will stand for $10,000.

Airdrie purchased 100% of the 5-year-old horse and he will not be syndicated, Jones said. He arrived at Airdrie from California on Dec. 31.

"I've been a big fan of this horse since he annihilated a top field in the Del Mar Futurity," Jones said. "He won by 51/2 pulling away. It was an extremely brilliant race.

"He beat Dixie Union, Captain Steve, Anees, Commendable. He beat them all," Jones added.

Besides his precociousness, Jones said he was also attracted to Forest Camp because of his sire. "This is no secret -- the racehorses that are the brilliant 2-year-olds by the right sires have the right sire success. He was a top 2-year-old and Deputy Minister is a sire of sires."

As a juvenile, Forest Camp made four starts and won his first two, breaking his maiden at Del Mar, then a month later the Del Mar Futurity (gr. I). He ran second in the Norfolk Stakes (gr. II) before closing the year with a sixth-place finish in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I).

The Breeders' Cup Juvenile winner, Anees, was named champion and weighted at 126 pounds on the Experimental Free Handicap. Forest Camp received 121 pounds on the annual ranking.

Forest Camp had a leg infection which limited his 3-year-old racing season to just three starts. He won the Pirate's Bounty Handicap, also at Del Mar. At four, Forest Camp won one of four races. He ended his career with four wins in 11 starts and earnings of $339,984.

Forest Camp was bred in Kentucky by Twin Creeks Farm and consigned to the 1998 Keeneland summer yearling sale by Taylor Made Sales Agency, agent. He was purchased by Aaron Jones for $675,000.

Racing for Aaron and Marie Jones, he was trained at two and for his first start at three by Bob Baffert, and the rest of his career by Eduardo Inda.