Puerto Madero, working at the Nad Al Sheba race track in Dubai last March.

Puerto Madero, working at the Nad Al Sheba race track in Dubai last March.

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Puerto Madero Retired to Walmac

Millionaire Puerto Madero, whose victory over Behrens and Silver Charm in the 1999 Donn Handicap (gr. I) got the "NTRA Champions on Fox" series off to a rousing start, has been retired from racing and will stand at John T.L. Jones Jr.'s Walmac International near Lexington for $5,000 live foal. A grandson of Nijinsky II and a three-time group I winner in his native Chile, Puerto Madero raced in North America for Walmac in partnership with R.D. Hubbard, Robert Folsom, Dwight Sutherland, and Smoot Fahlgren. He will stand at stud for the partnership, and his fee will be announced at a later date.

Puerto Madero (Gallantsky -- Paty Game, by Saratoga Game) also defeated among others Sir Bear, Littlebitlively, Frisk Me Now, and Crypto Star in the 1 1/8-mile Donn. His other U.S. stakes win came in the Native Diver Handicap (gr. III), and he placed in the Hollywood Gold Cup (gr. I), Santa Anita (gr. I) and Massachusetts (gr. III) Handicaps, plus the Californian Stakes (gr. II). Puerto Madero was retired with 11 wins from 24 starts and earnings of $1,361,626.