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US Champ Cherokee Run Pensioned From Stud Duty
US 19-year-old sire & former champion sprinter Cherokee Run (Runaway Groom-Cherokee Dame, by Silver Saber) "has been pensioned from stallion duty at Sheikh Mohammed's Darley in Kentucky because of fertility problems & lameness issues," reported bloodhorse.com. Cherokee Run (who covered 46 mares this year) began his stallion career in 1996 at Jonabell Farm, which later was bought by Sheikh Mohammed & renamed Darley. He has produced 44 stakes-winners (including multiple Gr1-winning champions War Pass & Chilukki, plus Gr1-winning sire Yonaguska) & his runners have earned US$41.8 million. On the track, Florida-bred Cherokee Run won 13 of 28 starts for US$1,531,818 earnings; he was voted 1994 champion sprinter after winning the Gr1 Breeders' Cup Sprint & Gr2 Frank De Francis Memorial Dash Stakes, while his major placings included the Gr1 Preakness Stakes, Gr1 Metropolitan Handicap, Gr1 Carter Handicap & Gr1 Vosburgh Stakes.