Leading American trainer Wesley Ward has seen both his stable stars Golden Pal and Campanelle both retired to stud, with the Keeneland based handler now looking for a new crop of sprinters.
Ward confirmed the retirement of last year’s Commonwealth Cup victor Campanelle after she was sold to Coolmore for $5million and will be now used as a broodmare, to hopefully produce some superstars on the flat.
The mare had a superb career on the track picking up stand out races like the Group Two Queen Mary Stakes at Royal Ascot, Group One Prix Morny and the previously mentioned Group One Commonwealth Cup.
Hoping to now set the bloodstock world alight, Coolmore will be hoping she can produce some extremely nice sprinters with the mare never being short of pace on both quick and soft ground.
Golden Pal has been another superstar for Ward over the last few year's famously being known as the best horse he has ever trained and to the eye he looked one of the fastest animals to grace the sport, especially leaving the gates.
A winner of seven Graded races over five and five and a half furlongs during his career including last year’s Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint at Del Mar, he will now reside at Coolmore America’s Ashford.
Both Campanelle and Golden Pal were entered for the Hong Kong International Meeting, but having now been retired will not feature at the meeting.
(Credit ATR) Ward said: “Neither will go there. Golden Pal has been retired to Coolmore’s Ashford Stud and Campanelle has been sold to Coolmore and she is going to be a broodmare.”
He added: “Golden Pal was a great horse – my best so far.
“We’ll try to get a couple more like those two, but it won’t be easy. We’ll keep trying.”