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Benson Buys US Gr1-Winning Sire Nothing To Lose
In Australia, Emerald Thoroughbreds owner-breeder Bill Benson has purchased one of the world's most explosive Gr1-winning turf gallopers of recent years Nothing To Lose (Sky Classic-Cherlindrea, by Clever Trick) to stand this breeding season at David Lucas's Willowbend Stud in Queensland. Nothing To Lose won the US 2004 Gr1 Shadwell Mile (1600m on turf) at Keeneland in Kentucky; the Shadwell is the 2nd most prestigious turf mile in US racing & Nothing To Lose recorded an exceptionally fast Beyer Speed Figure of 111 in winning by 4-lengths (from a field including 4 other Gr1-winners). Nothing To Lose ended that season with a Timeform rating of 134: among the all-time highest ratings of any stallion ever to stand at stud in Australia. Nothing To Lose (a 6YO home-bred raced by Kentucky's high-profile Ken & Sarah Ramsey) has been purchased outright by Benson & Lucas, with Benson noting: "We are offering breeders the chance to buy into him. We have limited shares available at $15,000 each. That will give the owner 3 nominations in the 1st year, 2 in the 2nd year & 1 each year afterwards. That equates to $20,000 worth of free services for an outlay of $15,000. For a horse of this calibre, who is about the best looking animal I have ever seen, that is tremendous value." Nothing To Lose (who will stand on debut at Willowbend for $7,700) was retired by the Ramseys in December 2005 with 6 wins from 15 starts, also including the 2004 Gr2 Fourstardave Handicap (8.5 furlongs on turf) at Saratoga in 1min 39.5sec (just 0.6sec outside the course record), as well as both the 2003 Gr3 Tropical Park Derby & Gr3 Palm Beach Stakes (plus 4 stakes-placings, including the Gr1 Monmouth United Nations Stakes) for US$809,210 earnings. He was bought as a racing proposition by Victorian breeder-owner Walter Alteri & won a Cranbourne barrier trial before developing problems in his ankle; Alteri sold him to Benson as a stallion prospect only. Benson summed up: "He was a Champion racehorse by a Champion galloper in Sky Classic, who was a Champion 2YO-getter. So we really expect Nothing To Lose to get magnificent looking, precocious types who will win juvenile races. Race track performance has & will always be the greatest asset a stallion prospect has & this horse was a supreme star at the highest order." His sire Sky Classic (a Canadian track Champion) has produced 48 stakes-winners world-wide.