Chamois, a multiple stakes winner of $353,914, has been retired and will stand the 2019 breeding season at Flying P Ranch in Hope Hull, Ala.
A son of two-time leading sire Smart Strike out of Grade 1 winner and multiple stakes producer Meridiana [GER], Chamois will stand for $2,000, with special consideration to approved mares.
A second-out winner at age two in maiden special weight company at Aqueduct, Chamois went on to win Aqueduct’s Duluth Stakes and Delaware Park’s Stanton Stakes, earning 111 Equibase speed figures in each of those 1 1/16 mile turf events. Chamois ended his career with five wins, six seconds and six thirds, including a runner-up finish in Aqueduct’s Danger’s Hour Stakes and third-place efforts in the G2 Dixie Stakes at Pimlico and G3 Hill Prince Stakes at Belmont.
By leading international sire Smart Strike — whose 131 black-type winners include outstanding sires such as Curlin, Lookin At Lucky, English Channel and Dominus — Chamois is out of $556,795-earner Meridiana, who captured the G1 Oaks d’Italia in Italy, the G2 Orchid Handicap and G3 Bewitch Stakes in the U.S., and two additional black-type events in her native Germany. Among her nine foals of racing age, Meridiana has produced stakes winner Infinite Wisdom (earner of $304,778), G1-placed Center Divider ($341,446), G3-placed Pine Needles ($136,780), and three additional earners of more than $200,000.
“Not only was Chamois a tremendously classy racehorse who broke his maiden and was competitive at the stakes level over several seasons on the world-class New York circuit, he sports a pedigree that I’d hold up against any horse who’s ever stood in the state of Alabama,” said Flying P owner Bobby Pruitt. “Given the success of Smart Strike sons at stud — especially with Curlin’s ascent to world-class commercial status and Lookin at Lucky’s breakout year in 2018 via Breeders’ Cup Classic champ Accelerate — we couldn’t be more optimistic about Chamois’ chances. When regional breeders come out and see this horse with their own eyes, we’re almost certain they’ll be as bullish as we are.”
The deal to sell Chamois to Flying P was brokered by New Jersey-based bloodstock agent Michael Slezak.
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