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Darley US Sire Songster Leaves Stud & Back In Training
In the US, 5YO Darley stallion Songster (Songandaprayer-Peppy Lapeau, by French Deputy) "will be taken out of stud duty & put back into training due to undetermined fertility issues," reported bloodhorse.com. None of the approximately 60 mares Songster covered are in-foal & Darley stallion nominations manager Charlie Boden confirmed: "It was an undiagnosed problem: there was no reason to think he wouldn't get mares in-foal, but he didn't. It's obviously an unfortunate situation, but one that happens occasionally in our business." Songster (a New York graded stakes-winning sprinter in 2006 & 2007) was retired from racing last August because of a soft tissue injury & entered stud in 2008 at a US$10,000 fee. Boden noted: "He is being shipped to Keeneland to our barn with (trainer) Johnny Burke. We are confident he's over his injury & he's had the needed rest, so we'll keep our fingers crossed that he'll become a star on another front." In his previous track career, Songster (a US$200,000 yearling who was unraced as a 2YO) ran first for Darley & then for Godolphin, notching 4 wins (incuding the 2006 Gr2 Woody Stephens Breeders' Cup Stakes at Belmont Park & Gr3 Hirsch Jacobs Stakes at Pimlico, plus the 2007 Gr3 Bold Ruler Handicap at Belmont Park) & 3 runner-ups (including both the Gr2 Amsterdam Stakes & Gr3 Bay Shore Stakes) from 8 starts for US$367,740 earnings.