Starspangledbanner to Return to Stud Duty

Starspangledbanner, the 2010 champion sprinter in Australia, will return to stud duty in 2013 after having been retired for the second time.

Australia and New Zealand Bloodstock News reported May 24 the 7-year-old horse by Choisir will stand at Rosemont Stud. Starspangledbanner stood his first season in 2011 at Coolmore Australia, but he was put back into training with Aidan O'Brien after experiencing fetility problems.

Starspangledbanner returned to the races the summer of 2012 and later finished 10th in the Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint (gr. IT) at Santa Anita Park; last September, he finished second in a group III stakes in Ireland.

The three-time group I winner won seven of 23 starts and earned $1,967,818.

Rosemont Stud invested in Starspangledbanner for his stud career as a minor shareholder, according to Australia and New Zealand Bloodstock News. He got about 33% of mares in foal during his first season, the newsletter said.

Rosemont principal Anthony Mithen told the newsletter the horse is worth the investment.

"We will be trying some new fertility techniques that weren't available when (Starspangledbanner) last stood at stud," Mithen said. "He is a little older and more mature."

Starspangledbanner was bred in Australia by Emily Krstina.

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