El Corredor, winning the Del Mar Breeders' Cup Handicap.

El Corredor, winning the Del Mar Breeders' Cup Handicap.

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Hill 'n' Dale Buys Interest in El Corredor

John Sikura's Hill 'n' Dale Farms has purchased a controlling interest in the breeding rights of grade I winner El Corredor from owner Hal Earnhardt and announced that the 4-year-old colt will enter stud at Hill 'n' Dale near Lexington following his racing career. El Corredor will continue to race for Earnhardt and be trained by Bob Baffert. His major goal is the Oct. 27 Breeders' Cup Sprint (gr. I).

Bred by Needham-Betz Thoroughbreds/Liberation, El Corredor has won seven of nine races and earned $727,920. As a 3-year-old, he won the Cigar Mile (gr. I) and Del Mar Breeders' Cup (gr. II) Handicaps, and missed Fusaichi Pegasus by three-quarters of a length in a runner-up effort in the Jerome Handicap (gr. II).

In his first start this year, El Corredor posted the co-highest Beyer Speed Figure on dirt up to a mile in winning the Pat O'Brien Handicap (gr. II) at seven furlongs. His 119 Beyer was formulated off his winning time of 1:20.42, which was about two-fifths of second slower than the track record. In his most recent start, El Corredor scored a repeat win in the Sept. 2 Del Mar Breeders' Cup.

"He has enormous appeal," Sikura said. "He's a big, masculine colt, very correct. If you painted a picture of a perfect racehorse, he could step inside the picture."

El Corredor, whose sire, Mr. Greeley, is a Breeders' Cup Sprint runner-up, is a half-brother to 2001 graded stakes-winning filly Silver Tornado.