G1 winner Long River to stand at Anchor and Hope

by | Aug 14, 2018 | Breaking, Breeding, Business, Maryland, MD Breeding, MD Business

Long River. Photo courtesy of Anchor & Hope Farm.

From an Anchor & Hope Farm release

Long River, the last Grade/Group 1-winning son of A.P. Indy, is being retired to stud at Anchor & Hope Farm in Port Deposit, Maryland, for the 2019 season, the farm has announced. He will join Bourbon Courage (Lion Heart), Holy Boss (Street Boss) and Imagining (Giant’s Causeway) and will stand for a fee of $5,000 LFSN.

Bred by Darley and raced by Godolphin Racing, LLC, Long River had four U.S. wins for Kiaran McLaughlin, including a pair of stakes in the Evening Attire and Time For A Change. His career also includes placings where he also finished third behind Grade 1 winner Tonalist in the G1 Jockey Club Gold Cup. in the G3 Hagyard Fayette S and the G3 Excelsior S, defeating the likes of Grade 1 Winners Moreno, V.E. Day and Wicked Strong from nine Graded starts stateside.

After being transferred to Dubai, Long River took the G1 Al Maktoum Challenge R3 Sponsored by Emirates Airlines in gate-to-wire fashion, having finished second to La Bernardin in Round 1 of the G2 Al Maktoum Challenge previously that January. He trained on to make two more starts, including setting the early pace in Arrogate’s 2017 Dubai World Cup. Long River retires with a career-best Equibase speed figure of 124, a 107 Beyer and a record of 25-5-4-2 with $770,347 in purse earnings.

Long River is out of the incomparable Round Pond (Awesome Again), who earned $1,998,700 on the track, and took the 2005 Acorn (G1) and Fantasy (G2) before earning a 5 1/2-length G1 Breeders’ Cup Distaff victory in 2006. Round Pond was sold to Darley in 2007 as a broodmare prospect for a then-record of $5.75 million. She has also produced Holland Park (Tapit) who broke his maiden early this year followed by a runner-up finish in the Frederico Tessio S. at Laurel in April. Round Pond is out of the Trempolino mare Gift Of Dance, who is a half-sister to influential sires and Champions Black Minnaloushe and Pennekamp.

“He is by a champion and sire of sires, out of a Breeders’ Cup-winning millionaire, who is from a family of champions. He’s going to be the last Group 1-winning son of A.P. Indy to retire, best we can tell. We feel fortunate to have a piece of history with us, never mind of this caliber, available to the Mid-Atlantic.” said Anchor & Hope’s Louis Merryman .

Syndication has begun on Long River. For more information please contact Anchor & Hope Farm.