Preakness Stakes (G1) winner Exaggerator , a multi-millionaire and three-time grade 1-winning son of Curlin , will shuttle to Haras Doña Icha in Chile in 2018, it was announced Nov. 16. The deal was brokered by Juan P. Sullivan and Cristian Benavente of Sullivan Bloodstock.
Exaggerator, who stands in North America at WinStar Farm, will become the first son of champion Curlin to stand in South America. Winner of the 2016 Preakness Stakes, betfair.com Haskell Invitational Stakes (G1), and Santa Anita Derby (G1) as a 3-year-old, Exaggerator is his sire's leading earner at $3,581,120.
A $110,000 purchase by Big Chief Racing from the Warrendale Sales' consignment to the 2014 Keeneland September yearling sale, Exaggerator captured the Saratoga Special Stakes (G2) and $1 million Delta Downs Jackpot (G3) at 2 for trainer Keith Desormeaux.
He was campaigned in partnership by Big Chief Racing, Head of Plains Partners, Rocker O Ranch, and Desormeaux during his sophomore campaign, and was a fast-closing runner-up to Nyquist in the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (G1), where he finished ahead of recent Breeders' Cup Classic (G1) winner Gun Runner before going on to win the Preakness.
Exaggerator proved popular in his first season at WinStar, covering 162 mares in 2017, including 34 graded stakes winners or producers and the dams of nine grade 1 winners. He was bred in Kentucky by Joseph B. Murphy out of the Vindication mare Dawn Raid.