Multiple stakes winner Ground Transport has been retired by St. Elias Stable and West Point Thoroughbreds. Originally purchased for $40,000, the now six-year old horse earned $337,490 in a decent career that included a 5-6-1 record over 25 races.
The son of 2008 Kentucky Derby winner, Big Brown, never truly lived up to the pedigree he came from. He would win finish second and first in his debut races, but falter to 5th place at the Louisiana Derby in his first ever stakes race. His entire three-year old season was a challenge, as the horse would 9th at the Illinois Derby and 8th at the Straight Line Stakes as well. A second place finish at the Tenacious Handicap ended his three-year old campaign on a high note.
It wouldn’t be until the 2014 season that Ground Transport would start to pay off. He claimed victory at the Harry M. Johnson Memorial and the Drosselmeyer in back-to-back outings. A fifth place finish at the Brooklyn Handicap was a slight disappointment but Ground Transport rebounded by placing third at the Cornhusker Handicap later that month.
This was the right time to pursue retirement and trainer Mike Stidham echoed those sentiments.”We had Ground Transport in the barn for nearly four years and he will be missed,” Stidham noted. “He has battled feet problems his entire career and just hasn’t been the same since his 4-year-old campaign. I applaud the owners for doing the right thing and not letting him fall to the bottom of the claiming ranks.”
Terry Finley, the President of West Point Stables, also thanked Ground Transport for his efforts in an open statement. “Ground Transport ran 25 times at 12 different tracks around the country. Many friendships were forged over the past three years of owning him. Sincere thanks to Mike Stidham and his team for their flexibility and creativity. They’re so creative, we somehow ended up at Arapahoe Park in Colorado.”