Grade 1 winner Volatile retired after injury

Grade 1 winner Volatile retired after injury
Photo: Coady Photography

Three Chimneys Farm and Phoenix Thoroughbreds announced Monday that Grade 1 winner and Stakes Record setter Volatile, winner last time out in the A.G. Vanderbilt (G1) against a field of all Grade 1 winners at Saratoga in July, has been retired because of a hairline fracture of his right front cannon bone. He will take up stud duty at Three Chimneys for the 2021 breeding season.

By Violence (Medaglia d'Oro), who ranks No. 1 in 2020 by Grade 1 winners, Volatile was his sire’s most expensive yearling sold at public auction when hammered down for $850,000 at Keeneland in September 2017. The ultra-talented and stunningly gorgeous gray was the model of consistency, compiling a record of 5 wins and a second from 6 starts.

Undefeated this year, he rose to the top of the sprint division with dominant victories culminating in a Grade 1 win in the Vanderbilt, where he clocked a final quarter :22.94, the fastest in the race’s history. His two starts prior to that saw a combined margin of victory of nearly 16 lengths, including a stakes record and near track record performance in the Aristides at Churchill, which earned him the highest Beyer of the Year, a 112. His final time of 1:07.57 while being throttled down was just .02 off the track record, running the final eighth mile in :11 and change.

Hall of Famer Steve Asmussen, the second winningest trainer in racing history with 9,000 wins, said of Volatile: "He reminds me very much of Mitole in his Championship season. Volatile is as fast as any horse I have ever trained. His brilliant performances this year would have made him the likely favorite for the Breeders’ Cup Sprint and a tough horse to beat. I trained his mother and his grandmother, the incredible Lady Tak who won multiple Grade 1 races for us. You will not find a better looking individual than Volatile, nor one with as much speed and raw talent.”

“Volatile is a beautiful horse that breeders will like when they see him. He exudes class and is a great physical. He was brilliant and that is what can make a stallion special,” said farm owner Gonçalo Torrealba, adding, "Three Chimneys will proudly support him with plenty of quality mares, I can guarantee that."

A stud fee has not yet been announced. The farm will send release information to breeders as to when he will be available for inspection.

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