Grade I winner I Want Revenge will enter stud for the 2014 season at Ben and Elaine Walden’s Pauls Mill in Versailles, the first stallion the operation has stood since 2011. A stud fee will be announced in the near future.
The heavy pre-race Kentucky Derby favorite in 2009, I Want Revenge launches Walden’s return to the stallion business which has been on hiatus since the sale of the stud’s four stallions to WinStar Farm two years ago.
WinStar Farm, whose president Elliott Walden is the younger brother of Ben Walden, acquired an interest in Bellamy Road, Summer Bird, U S Ranger and Artie Schiller.
“I love falling in love with a stallion,” said Ben Walden. “I count it a privilege to support a stallion with a lot of our own mares, and to infuse ideas and passion into his marketing. I Want Revenge is a game-changer. He had freak talent as a racehorse and is the best-made horse conformation-wise that I have ever retired to stud. His Grade I Wood Memorial win was truly unforgettable.”
By Stephen Got Even, I Want Revenge captured the 2009 Wood Memorial and headed into that year’s Kentucky Derby as the morning-line favorite. He was scratched the morning of the Kentucky Derby however when filling was discovered in his left front ankle.
Though he returned to racing, his Wood Memorial triumph would mark the last victory of I Want Revenge’s 14-race career. The seven-year-old horse retired with three wins and $928,000 in earnings with his last effort being a runner-up finish in the 2012 Evening Attire Stakes at Aqueduct.
Ben Walden indicated in a release that second stallion could soon be joining I Want Revenge on the roster.
“I have an exceptional partner in I Want Revenge in Pat Madden, and we currently have a second horse in mind,” said Walden. “We have been buying mares of late and Pat enjoys the symmetry of being involved in both sides of the business.”