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US Multiple Gr1-Winner Brother Derek To Airdrie
US multiple Gr1-winning 5YO Brother Derek (Benchmark-Miss Soft, by Siyah Kalem) "has been retired & will begin his stallion career in 2009 at the Jones family's Airdrie Stud in Kentucky," reported thoroughbredtimes.com. Brother Derek (a US$150,000 yearling at the 2004 Keeneland September sale & subsequently resold for US$275,000 at the 2005 Barretts March sale of selected 2YOs-in-training) won 6 of 17 starts & earned US$1,611,138; his highlights included victories in the Gr1 Hollywood Futurity, Gr1 Santa Anita Derby, Gr2 Norfolk Stakes, Gr2 San Rafael Stakes & Gr2 Santa Catalina Stakes, plus runner-up in the Gr2 Goodwood Breeders' Cup Handicap & 4th in both the Gr1 Kentucky Derby & Gr1 Preakness Stakes. Bret Jones noted: "Our single most important criteria for selecting our stallions is brilliance & Brother Derek had brilliance in spades!"