Gunnevera To Enter Stud At Florida’s Pleasant Acres Stallions For 2021

Pleasant Acres Stallions is excited to announce that multiple graded stakes winner and multimillionaire Gunnevera will stand in Florida for the 2021 breeding season with a $6,000 fee.

Gunnevera retired with six wins from 21 starts, where he hit the board in a total of six Grade 1 events, with earnings of $5,561,800 and an average of $264,848 per start.

“Helen and I, and the entire team at Pleasant Acres Stallions, are thrilled to have Gunnevera begin his stallion career at our farm,” said Joe Barbazon, owner of Pleasant Acres Stallions. “He has had a very exciting career – earning more than $5.5 million dollars – while beating multiple Grade 1 horses like Always Dreaming ($2,415,860), West Coast ($5,803,800), Practical Joke ($1,795,800), and Classic Empire ($2,520,220) on the track – Some of which he beat more than once.

“In Florida, there are two stallions standing that Gunnevera defeated twice each,” he continued. “One is Girvin in the Travers Stakes and the Kentucky Derby, and the other is Seeking the Soul in the Pegasus World Cup Invitational Stakes and the Woodward Stakes.”

Gunnevera was victorious in three starts at two – including the Grade 2 Saratoga Special Stakes and the $1-million G3 Delta Downs Jackpot Stakes. At three, he took the G2 Xpressbet Fountain of Youth Stakes and then finished third in the G1 Florida Derby. In the same year, Gunnevera won Gulfstream’s black type Tangelo Stakes and was runner-up in the G1 Travers Stakes, as well as the G2 Lambholm South Holy Bull Stakes.

As a 4-year-old, Gunnevera placed second in the G1 Woodward Stakes and the G1 Breeders’ Cup Classic, and third in the G1 Pegasus World Cup Invitational. His last race was the G1 Dubai World Cup Sponsored by Emirates Airline in 2019, where he placed third.

Gunnevera is by G1 Florida Derby and G3 Holy Bull Stakes Winner Dialed In. A leading forth-crop sire in 2019, Dialed In already has eight black type horses in 2020. Dialed In is by A.P. Indy’s Horse of the Year Mineshaft, out of multiple stakes-producing dam, Miss Doolittle, by Storm Cat.

Gunnevera is out of Unbridled Rage, by Unbridled. Unbridled had 24 starts and was on the board 20 times with eight firsts, six seconds, and six thirds. With earnings of $4,489,474, Unbridled won the G1 Florida Derby, the G1 Kentucky Derby, and the G1 Breeders’ Cup.

Gunnevera started life off as a bottle-fed orphan at 10 days old. The big chestnut colt went on to race, win, and place at the highest level and in some of the most prestigious races around the world. He was a precocious 2-year-old that won the G2 Saratoga Special Stakes one month after winning his maiden special weight. He then went on to win the G3 $1-million Delta Downs Jackpot Stakes just three months later.

Gunnevera joins stallions Amira’s Prince, Bucchero, Handsome Mike, Long On Value, Neolithic, Ride On Curlin, Squadron A, Sweetontheladies, and Treasure Beach at the 220-acre farm located just northwest of Ocala. Pleasant Acres Stallions has received many accolades for excellence, including 2017 Florida Freshman Sire of the Year for Poseidon’s Warrior, 2017 DRF Florida-bred Beyer Award, 2009 Florida Breeder of the Year, 2009 Florida Broodmare of the Year, Breeder of the 2009 Florida Horse of the Year, and was ranked third in the nation for leading breeders in 2009 by average earnings per starter with 10 or more starters.

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