Edited press release:
Multiple graded stakes winner Rule has been retired from racing and will stand stud at Vinery New York for 2013. The WinStar homebred joins leading sire Bluegrass Cat as a Vinery/WinStar Venture standing in the Empire State. Rule’s introductory fee will be $6,500 stands and nurses.
“Rule is a natural for New York, and his pedigree should be a very familiar one to local breeders. Obviously, his dam is the sister of perhaps New York’s best racehorse ever in Funny Cide, who was the first Kentucky Derby winner we bred, and the horse that really put WinStar on the map,” said Elliott Walden, President and CEO of WinStar. “Rule is an awesome-looking individual and a precocious, high-quality racehorse in his own right, winning a Grade 2 this year over Flat Out and placing in three of North America’s most coveted Grade 1 races during his career.”
Rule captured the Grade III Delta Jackpot Stakes as a juvenile and opened his 3-year-old season with a win in the Grade III Sam F. Davis. This year, Rule impressed in his seasonal debut while scoring a clear win over multiple Grade I winner Flat Out in the Grade II Monmouth Cup.
By Roman Ruler, Rule hails from the mare Rockcide, a half-sister to New York-bred Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner Funny Cide. He retires with six wins from 20 starts and $1,162,350 in earnings.