Brody’s Cause Retired to Spendthrift
Brody’s Cause, the 2015 Breeders’ Futurity winner who closed like the wind to beat Exaggerator last fall, has retired from racing. The multiple Grade 1 winner by Giant’s Causeway will enter stud in 2017 at B. Wayne Hughes’ Spendthrift Farm as the newest participant in the Share The Upside program.
Brody’s Cause is the latest top 3-year-old to retire from racing, joining Preakness winner Exaggerator and Belmont Stakes winner Creator. A 3-time winner in eight career starts, Brody’s Cause retires with $1.16 million in earnings and another big addition to the stallion ranks.
“Brody’s Cause ticks all the boxes in terms of the credentials needed to make a top sire,” said Spendthrift general manager Ned Toffey. “He’s one of the best-looking sons of proven sire of sires Giant’s Causeway that you’ll ever see, and he won prestigious grade I races at 2 and 3. We believe it’s another terrific opportunity to get in on a stallion prospect with huge potential through our Share The Upside program, and we expect he’ll be popular.”
The Share The Upside fee for Brody’s Cause will be $15,000 on a two-year commitment, and breeders will earn a lifetime breeding right beginning in 2019 after having two live foals and paying the stud fees. For breeders not interested in the Share The Upside program, Brody’s Cause will be offered for $12,500 on a standard stands and nurses contract. Share The Upside opportunities are limited and offered on a first-come, first-served basis, according to Spendthrift.
Trained by Dale Romans, Brody’s Cause was known for his strong closing kick, which won him the Breeders’ Futurity at age 2 and Blue Grass Stakes at 3, joining Carpe Diem as the only two horses to win both of Keeneland’s top races for 2-year-olds and 3-year-olds on dirt since Round Table in 1957.
Brody’s Cause broke his maiden at a mile at Churchill Downs in his first start on the dirt, and the win three weeks later at Keeneland in the Breeders’ Futurity set him up for the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile, where he finished a hard-charging third behind Nyquist. That left many horsemen and fans following Brody’s Cause into his 3-year-old campaign, where he would enter the Kentucky Derby and finish seventh. His final race was a sixth place finish in the Belmont Stakes.
Brody’s Cause was purchased for $350,000 at the Keeneland September Yearling sale, and his retirement has begun as he’s taken up residency at Spendthrif