Limehouse to Retire at End of Year; Will Stand at Vinery

Limehouse to Retire at End of Year; Will Stand at Vinery
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Brooklyn Handicap winner Limehouse will retire to Vinery at year's end.
Limehouse, who ran fourth in Smarty Jones' Kentucky Derby (gr. I) last year and this June won the Brooklyn Handicap (gr. II), will be retired at the end of the year and will stand in 2006 at Tom Simon's Vinery near Lexington.

The 4-year-old son of Grand Slam -- Dixieland Blues, by Dixieland Band, is in the process of being syndicated. The share price and stud fee were not announced.

Limehouse was bred in Florida by Cheryl Curtin and purchased by Cot Campbell's Dogwood Stable for $140,000 at the 2002 Fasig-Tipton Saratoga yearling sale. He won his first three starts including the Bashford Manor Stakes (gr. III).

Put on the Triple Crown trail by trainer Todd Pletcher, Limehouse won the Hutcheson Stakes (gr. II) in his first start at three. He then won the Tampa Bay Derby (gr. III) and finished third in the Blue Grass (gr. I) before running fourth in the Derby.

This year, Limehouse won the Alysheba Stakes at Churchill Downs prior to winning the nine-furlong Brooklyn on the Belmont Stakes day undercard.

"He is a marvelous horse, won major stakes as a two, three, and four-year-old, and is certainly known for his consistency," said Campbell.

In all, Limehouse has to date won seven of 19 starts and earned $1,099,933. In his last start, Limehouse ran fifth in the Whitney Handicap (gr. I) at Saratoga Aug. 6.

"The plan is to freshen him a bit, and perhaps experiment with a grass race," Campbell said, adding that Limehouse will work on the turf when the stable moves back to Belmont . "Depending on this, we will map out a campaign for the balance of the year, hoping to include a Breeders' Cup race in the scenario."

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