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US Star Pyro To Stand At Darley After Racing Career
Last weekend's US Gr2 Louisiana Derby-winning 3YO colt Pyro (Pulpit-Wild Vision, by Wild Again) will stand at Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al Maktoum's Darley in Kentucky at the conclusion of his racing career. Darley America president Jimmy Bell announced Pyro will continue to race for owner-breeder Winchell Thoroughbreds through to this year's Breeders' Cup World Championships; after the Breeders' Cup, Sheikh Mohammed "will decide whether Pyro will remain in training or be retired to stud". Pyro ended his 2007 2YO campaign with consecutive runner-up finishes to US champion 2YO male War Pass in the Gr1 Champagne Stakes & Gr1 Breeders' Cup Juvenile. Last month he began his 3YO season by "streaking past 10 challengers in the stretch with an eye-catching last-to-first" victory in the Gr3 Risen Star Stakes & then "cemented his status as a leading contender for the Gr1 Kentucky Derby with a 3-lengths score in the Gr2 Louisiana Derby on Saturday," noted thoroughbredtimes.com. Darley America chief operating officer Dan Pride enthused: "His turn of foot in the Risen Star was just so visually impressive. Add to that his assertive victory in the Louisiana Derby & we feel extremely excited & privileged to have him coming to Darley. He has all the ingredients to be a superstar on the racetrack & at stud." Pyro (whose winning dam Wild Vision is a full-sister to Gr2-winner & sire Wild Wonder) is from the immediate family of Gr1-winning sire Olympio; to date he boasts 3 wins & 3 placings from 6 starts for US$1,056,718 earnings.