Spendthrift Farms have announced that they have acquired the best son of Malibu Moon. Gormley retires as a three-year-old who has suffered some recent struggles and has been sold be the Mr. and Mrs. Jerome. The million dollar winner won four races during his short, but enjoyable, career.
Originally acquired by the Jeromes for $150,000 as a yearling. He went on to win his maiden and the critical 2016 Frontrunner Stakes before finishing a disappointing 7th in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile, which was won by Classic Empire.
Not to be outdone, Gormley entered his three-year-old season with a resounding win in the 2017 Sham Stakes before finishing 4th in the San Felipe behind the prodigal Mastery. He would rebound with an expected upset in the Santa Anita Derby which valuted him in to the Kentucky Derby, where he trailed to 7th. From there he would go on to place 4th in the Belmont Stakes before reproducing those results in his final race at the Shared Belief Stakes in late August.
Noted as a strong speedster who tangled with the best, Gormley retires as the only son of Malibu Moon to earn wins as a Grade 1 and Grade 2 competitor. These results will cast hin as a $12,500 stud under the Share The Upside program run by Spendthrift.
The news comes as a bit of a surprise. Even jockey Victor Espinoza remained optimistic following Gormley’s loss in the Shared Belief that he’d, “be better next time.” Unfortunately for us, Gormley retires before we could enjoy him on the track.
“Malibu Moon continues to add to his legacy as A.P. Indy’s best sire, so we’re very excited to now be able to stand one of his best sons,” said Spendthrift general manager Ned Toffey. “Gormley joins Orb as Malibu Moon’s only multiple grade 1 winners at stud, and Gormley is his sire’s lone 2-year-old grade 1 winner at stud. We believe he’s a great opportunity for breeders through our Share The Upside program, and we invite everyone to come out and see him at the farm.”
Gormley retires with a memorable record of 4-0-0 in 9 starts with $1,026,00 in career earnings. He will be beloved by those that took a chance on him in the four races he won, as well as the connections that had the pleasure of working alongside him.