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Champion Ivar Retired, to Enter Stud in Argentina

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Argentina champion and grade 1 winner in the United States Ivar  has been retired and will enter stud at Haras Carampangue, according to a March 7 report by Turf Diario and confirmed by trainer Paulo Lobo.

“They are looking forward to having the horse. They love him there,” Lobo told BloodHorse. “They are looking for him to replace his father, who was a very good sire in Brazil and Argentina. I’m sad to lose him but happy to see what he will do. It is difficult to replace a horse like Ivar.”

Photo: Anne M. Eberhardt

Paulo Lobo

Ivar is a 7-year-old son of Agnes Gold, a son of Sunday Silence who was a three-time leading sire in Brazil. Agnes Gold died in 2019, so his last foals are now 3-year-olds. Stud RDI, which raced Ivar in the U.S. with Bonne Chance Farm starting in 2020, announced his retirement.

“Ivar is a dream come true for anyone in the world of racehorses,” Beto Figueiredo, manager of Stud RDI, told Turf Diario. “He is a runner like few others, owns an impeccable pedigree, with an extraordinary campaign in Argentina and the United States, who competed from 2 to 7 years old. We bred him, we ran him, and now we will develop him as a stallion; he is the complete combo.”

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Bred by Haras Rio Dois Irmaos out of the Smart Strike group 2 winner May Be Now, Ivar was undefeated at 2 during the 2018-19 season, during which he won his debut by two lengths and followed with victories in the Gran Criterium (G1) at San Isidro and the Estrellas Juvenile (G1) at Hipodromo Argentino de Palermo, both by six lengths. He was honored as the season’s champion 2-year-old colt.

Ivar was sent to Lobo in 2020 and became a winner in his second North American start at Churchill Downs. Two races later, he was standing in the winner’s circle after the Turf Mile Stakes (G1T) at Keeneland. Last year Ivar set a course record at Horseshoe Indianapolis in the Jonathan B. Schuster Memorial Stakes, where he went 1 1/16 miles on turf in 1:39.49. He also in 2022 ran second in the Woodbine Mile Stakes (G1T) and Turf Mile Stakes at Keeneland.

Ivar - ALW, Churchill Downs, June 18, 2020
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Ivar wins an allowance optional claiming race at Churchill Downs in 2020

Ivar contested the Breeders’ Cup Mile (G1T) three times, finishing third in 2021 by 1 1/2 lengths to Space Blues  and fourth by close margins in 2020 and 2022. Last fall, he was in a tight group of three in the Mile that finished three-quarters of length behind Modern Games . He missed third place by a neck. Ivar made his last career start a second-place finish in the Pegasus World Cup Turf Invitational (G1T) at Gulfstream Park. He was retired with a 6-3-2 record from 16 starts and earned $1,586,303.

Agnes Gold had a truly international stud career. He started out at Shadai Farm in Japan, which bred him. He was then exported in 2007 to Florida, where he stood at Lambholm South for two seasons. The stallion then found the right spot in Brazil. His Southern Hemisphere produce record shows 14% black-type winners (60) from named foals, which include 49 group winners and seven champions.

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