Alfred G. Vanderbilt Winner El Deal Retired From Racing

Owners Al and Michelle Crawford announced today that El Deal, winner of this year’s Grade 1 Alfred G. Vanderbilt Stakes at Saratoga and runner-up in the Grade 1 Vosburgh Stakes at Belmont in his final start, has been retired from racing.

El Deal is a five-year-old son of the Speightstown stallion Munnings, out of the multiple stakes-producing Out of Place mare Spirit of Wailea.

El Deal, a winner each year he raced, won 9 of his 17 lifetime starts and retires with earnings of $575,025. El Deal won his only start at 2 and was undefeated in three starts at 3, including the Gold Fever Stakes at Belmont. This season he won three of his final four starts, including the Decathlon Stakes at Monmouth Park before shipping to Saratoga to capture the Grade 1 Alfred G. Vanderbilt by an emphatic 8 lengths. He earned a career-high 112 Beyer Speed Figure for the wire-to-wire effort.

“We had a great ride with El Deal,” said owner Michelle Crawford. “Taking on and beating the best sprinters of his generation in such dramatic style at Saratoga was a testament to his sheer brilliance and the thrill of a lifetime for us. We’ve have had a few farms looking into his availability as a stallion and he has certainly earned that opportunity. We have not finalized any plans as of yet, but I am weighing all options for his future. In the meantime, immediate plans include shipping him to Hidden Brook Farm in Paris, Kentucky for that team to field additional inquiries and potential stud opportunities.”

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