My Pal Charlie Retired; to Stand in Louisiana

My Pal Charlie Retired; to Stand in Louisiana
Photo: Lou Hodges Jr.
My Pal Charlie

My Pal Charlie  , who won the 2008 Super Derby (gr. II) and placed in five other graded stakes, has been retired and will stand in 2010 at Michele Rodriguez and Lee Daniel ThomasElite Thoroughbreds near Folsom, La. His fee will be $3,000.

By Indian Charlie and out of the Halo mare Shahalo, My Pal Charlie retires with three wins in 20 starts for Spendthrift Farm owner B. Wayne Hughes and trainer Al Stall Jr. He earned $762,519.

My Pal Charlie’s final start was a seventh-place finish in the Phoenix Stakes (gr. III) at Keeneland.

“My Pal Charlie had great success in Louisiana during his racing career, and we feel like he’ll be popular with the Louisiana breeders,” said Ken Wilkins, stallion director at Spendthrift Farm. “This horse checks all the boxes: he has a fashionable pedigree, is a lovely individual that was sound throughout his career, and most of all he possessed quality speed and performed at a high level on the racetrack.”

“We’re delighted that My Pal Charlie is coming home to Louisiana,” Rodriguez said. “He was a tremendous racehorse and we’re thrilled to stand him at Elite.”

The 4-year-old colt was bred in Kentucky by John Penn and sold by Penn Sales at the 2006 Keeneland September yearling sale. Hughes purchased him for $300,000.

My Pal Charlie is a full brother to graded stakes winner Bwana Charlie and a half-brother to graded stakes winner Bwana Bull (by Holy Bull).

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