World champion and million-dollar-winning trotter Guccio 4, 1:51.1f ($1,017,232) has been retired to stud duty.
Trained by Hall of Famer Jimmy Takter, Guccio is a son of Yankee Glide and the $181,000 winner Southern Senorita. He showed talent early as a two-year-old, taking a mark of 1:55.4 as a freshman and winning the Champlain. He became one of the top contenders of his generation as a three-year-old and missed winning the $1.5 million Hambletonian by a mere neck. His three-year-old record of 1:52.1 was earned via a victory in a Bluegrass division at The Red Mile.
"Guccio is a very classy and beautiful horse and one of my personal favourites,” said Takter. "He was an exceptional individual when we purchased him as a yearling and he proved to be everything we hoped for and more and we went back and bought his full brother last fall for over $100,000--he is a World Champion and a perfect racehorse in every way."
Guccio will stand at Victory Hill Farm, one of the leading farms in Indiana. He will stand for a fee of $5,000 for the 2014 breeding season and a limited number of shares in the stallion are available for purchase.
"It was our plan to race in Europe in 2014 had this opportunity for him to enter the stud not developed," stated Takter. "Indiana clearly has one of the most attractive regional programs and we do plan to breed to Guccio as I believe he has every quality to become an outstanding trotting sire.”
For more information about purchasing shares, please contact Jeff Fought of Cornerstone Stock Farm at 260-463-1649 or Bob Boni of Northwood Bloodstock Agency at 201-863-2082. For booking information, contact Victory Hill Farm at 260-463-2442.