French champion Elusive City has been purchased by Trelawney Stud in partnership with Cambridge Stud, Fairdale Stud, and Haunui Farm. By the same sire as dual classic winner Smarty Jones, the 4-year-old son of Elusive Quality
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mare Star of Paris will stand at Trelawney near Cambridge, New Zealand, for a fee of NZ$15,000 (approximately $9,500), plus GST.
Elusive City, who will stand the Northern Hemisphere season at Huma Park Stud in Ireland, won the 2002 Prix Morny Casinos Barrriere (Fr-I) the year he was France's champion 2-year-old male and also ran third in that year's Shadwell Stud Middle Park Stakes (Eng-I).
Elusive City retires with one win in eight starts and earnings of $174,555 for the Salman family's The Thoroughbred Corp. Elusive City had finished first in two English 2-year-old races, including the Gerrard Investment Management Richmond Stakes (Eng-II), but was disqualified from those two wins after a metabolite of a banned substance was found in a post race test. Sent to the U.S. last year, he ran unplaced at Santa Anita in January in his last start.