For Immediate Release: Dullahan to Retire
Des Moines, Iowa – October 14, 2013 – Donegal Racing’s Dullahan has been retired from racing due to a tendon injury.
Said Donegal Managing Partner Jerry Crawford, “Dullahan is the most spectacular looking horse Donegal has ever campaigned and that takes in some territory. Not many horses win three Grade I's for their owners but that is what Dullahan did. Those wins included beating Game on Dude and other older horses in the Pacific Classic in August of his three year old season. In my eyes he is from a similar mode of stallions like Tiznow, Candy Ride, Indian Charlie, or Harlan’s Holiday as all of them were great race horses whose sires weren’t perceived to be commercial at the time of their retirement. We believe that Dullahan has many attributes equipped to make him an excellent sire”.
Dullahan was bred in Kentucky by Phil and Judy Needham and Bena Halecky. He was produced from the Smart Strike mare Mining My Own, making Dullahan a half-brother to Kentucky Derby (Gr. I) champion Mine That Bird. During his career, Dullahan won three Grade I’s including establishing a track record in the Pacific Classic (Gr. I) and earned $1,735,901. He was trained by Dale Romans.
Romans called Dullahan a great horse who, "tried really hard all the time, I don’t even think we ever got to see him at his very best, he might have been the most talented colt I ever trained."
Dullahan is being shipped to Winstar farm in Lexington where he will have some rehab work done by Richard Budge and his team. Dullahan will also be available for inspection there as stud plans are worked out in the coming weeks.
For more information please contact:
Jerry Crawford 515.778.5240
Conor Foley 859.285.8203