Winter Kentucky Derby favourite Violence has been retired to stand at Hill ‘n’ Dale Farms in Kentucky.
The Medaglia d’Oro colt sustained a fractured sesamoid in his off-foreleg when finishing second to Orb in the G2 Fountain of Youth Stakes at Gulfstream Park on February 23. “We won’t stand him until next year,” Hill ‘n’ Dale owner John Sikura said. “He’s fine, but we wouldn’t be able to start breeding to him until April.”
Violence finished his two year-old campaign as favourite for the 2013 Kentucky Derby after wins in the G3 Nashua Stakes and G1 CashCall Futurity. “He was the consummate professional with a perfect temperament and unlimited potential,” trainer Todd Pletcher said. “This was a really, really good horse.”
Hill ‘n’ Dale had sold him as a yearlings for $600,000 at the 2011 Keeneland September sale to Black Rock Stables owner Steve Marshall. “We are very excited to be partnering with John Sikura,” Marshall said. “The Hill ‘n’ Dale facilities are second to none, and John has a reputation for making stallions.
“He launched Medaglia d’Oro and has a world-class broodmare band plus a high profile customer base and sales agency. As difficult as it was to see his racing career end so abruptly, we are now looking forward to Violence becoming an outstanding sire extending his dominance on the racetrack to the breeding shed.”
Violence is out of the winning Gone West mare Violent Beauty and is from a female family responsible for champions Dayjur and Sky Beauty. “He is a great horse to look at, and possesses all the traits of an outstanding sire prospect – precocity with classic ability, physicality and a huge pedigree,” Sikura said. “What we saw of him talent-wise was just the tip of the iceberg. He was absolutely a top-class horse.”