Emirates Park-bred Santos retired to stud
Emirates Park bred and co-raced Santos has been retired to Aquis@Emirates Park and is now set to commence his stallion career at a service fee of $16,500 (inc. GST) later this year.
A son of the all-conquering sire I Am Invincible, Santos established himself as one of the leading 2-year-olds of his generation by placing in the Listed ATC Breeders’ Plate (1000m) on debut in the spring of his juvenile year, before returning to racing later in the same season to claim the highly competitive ATC Pierro Plate (1100m) and then the Group 2 ATC Skyline Stakes (1200m).
Significantly, previous winners of the Skyline Stakes include the likes of dual champion sire Snitzel, as well as the profound stud successes Strategic, Choisir and Hinchinbrook.
After winning the Skyline Stakes, co-trainer Gai Waterhouse stated: “This bloke is a serious colt. I will tell you why he is a serious colt, because the things were against him today. He is still learning his craft. He is a horse who has a beautiful action. He is so smooth the way he glides.”
Santos is very much the product of a female family immediately associated with Emirates Park. Not only is he a maternal grandson of the stud’s celebrated racehorse and sire Secret Savings (USA), his second-dam is the notable matriarch Elated Lady. Therefore, Santos is closely related to the major Group winners Fat Al (Epsom Handicap-G1), Mutawaajid, Fatoon and Adeewin — all of which were bred, reared and raised on the famed Murrurundi property.
A half-brother to the Japanese Group winner Melagrana, Santos is completely free of Danehill blood and joins the domestic stallion ranks at a time when I Am Invincible is rapidly gaining a reputation as a sire-of-sires.
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