El Corredor Retires to Hill 'n' Dale

El Corredor Retires to Hill 'n' Dale
Photo: Benoit & Associates
The Pat O'Brien was among El Corredor's victories this year.
Grade I winner El Corredor has arrived at John Sikura's Hill 'n' Dale Farm near Lexington, where he will enter stud for a syndicate for $20,000 live foal. Sikura purchased controlling breeding rights in the 4-year-old Mr. Greeley colt from Hal Earnhardt this summer. Earnhardt, who raced El Corredor after paying $110,000 for him at the 1998 Keeneland September yearling sale, will participate in the syndicate.

Bred by Needham/Betz Thoroughbreds/Liberation, El Corredor won seven of 10 starts and earned $727,920. He captured the Cigar Mile Handicap (gr. I) as well as consecutive runnings of the Del Mar Breeders' Cup Handicap (gr. II), plus this year's Pat O'Brien Handicap (gr. II) in 1:20.42 while registering a 119 Beyer Speed Figure. He also ran second behind Fusaichi Pegasus in the Jerome Handicap (gr. II).

El Corredor's sole loss this year came when he ran unplaced in the Penske Auto Center Breeders' Cup Sprint (gr. I) while hindered by a quarter crack. El Corredor, who was produced from the Silver Deputy mare Silvery Swan, is a half-brother to 2001 graded stakes winner Silver Tornado.

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