Grade 2 Winner Marconi To Enter Stud In Argentina

Marconi, a Grade 2 winner and $2-million auction yearling, has been retired from racing and exported to Haras La Valkiria in Argentina to begin his stallion career, according to the South American publication Turf Diario.

The 5-year-old son of Tapit finished his on-track career with five wins in 13 starts for earnings of $647,262. He broke his maiden in his second career start as a 2-year-old and finished third in the Grade 3 Withers Stakes, but he found his true niche as a distance runner during his season in the handicap division.

He won the listed Skip Away Stakes at Gulfstream Park and the Flat Out Stakes at Belmont Park, leading up to a victory in the Grade 2 Brooklyn Invitational Stakes at a mile and a half. The second half of his 4-year-old season saw a runner-up effort in the 1 3/4-mile Birdstone Stakes at Saratoga, followed by a win in the 1 1/2-mile listed Grand Prix American Jockey Club Invitational Stakes and a third in the G3 Greenwood Cup Stakes, also at a mile and a half.

Marconi brought the second-highest price of the 2016 Keeneland September Yearling Sale, when he sold to Bridlewood Farm and the Coolmore partnership for $2 million. Todd Pletcher trained the horse.

Bred in Kentucky by Brushwood Stable, Marconi is out of the stakes-winning Ponche mare Ponche de Leona, making him a half-brother to Breeders’ Cup Classic winner Mucho Macho Man and a full-brother to stakes winner Southern Girl.

Marconi is the second son of Tapit to join the Haras La Valkiria stallion roster in recent weeks, following the acquisition of stakes winner Mask.

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