Grade 1-winning millionaire Gayego will enter stud in 2012 at the
Hunderup family’s Norse Ridge Farm near King City, Ontario. Gayego comes
to Canada through an arrangement brokered by Bernard McCormack’s Cara
Bloodstock and will stand for an introductory fee of $6,500 Canadian
funds, payable when the foal stands and nurses.
A multiple graded stakes winner of $1,751,120, the son of Gilded Time
– Devil’s Lake, by Lost Code, raced at 2 and 3 for Cubanacan Stables
and trainer Paulo Lobo before Godolphin acquired him privately prior to
his 4-year-old season. At 2, Gayego was a precocious front-running
3-length winner in his 6-furlong career debut at Hollywood Park. At 3,
he set a new track record at Hollywood Park, winning the 6 ½-furlong San
Pedro S. by 2 ¾ lengths in 1:13.07 before leaving California for a
victory the $1,000,000 Arkansas Derby.
Gayego made 5 starts in the Godolphin colors at 4, winning three
times including the Grade 1 Ancient Title S. at Santa Anita – going 6
furlongs in 1:08.28 – and the Group 3 Mahab Al Shimaal Dayjur S. In his
other two outings at 4, he ran second in the Group 2 Etisalat Godolphin
Mile on Dubai World Cup Day and fourth, beaten a neck for first, in the
$2,000,000, Grade 1 Breeders’ Cup Sprint.