Destin to stand at Sequel Stallions for potent partnership

Wednesday, October 31st, 2018

(Edited press release)

Gainesway Farm, Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners, Twin Creeks Farm and Sequel Stallions will stand graded stakes winner Destin at Sequel’s New York farm in Hudson next year.

A full brother to Grade 1 stakes-winning sire Creative Cause, Destin set a new track record in the Grade 2, Tampa Bay Derby, a prep race for the Kentucky Derby. He won by one length and completed 1 1/16 miles in 1:42 4/5, while defeating Outwork and Brody’s Cause. Three months later he was defeated a nose by Creator in the Grade 1 Belmont Stakes. Destin retires with five wins, two seconds and two thirds from 15 starts with earnings of $947,800.

A 5-year-old son of champion sire Giant’s Causeway, Destin is out of grade 1-winning millionaire Dream of Summer, who beat Ashado in the Grade 1 Apple Blossom. She is a multiple graded-stakes winning, graded-stakes producing mare with over $2.3 million in progeny earnings. Destin is also full brother to graded stakes winning filly Vexatious, as well as half-brother to black type-placed producer Taboo.

Trainer Todd Pletcher said, “Unlucky not to be an American Classic winner, Destin showed off plenty of talent and class. He is a deserving stallion prospect. New York should feel lucky to get him.”

Every member of the partnership is excited about the arrangement. Antony Beck of Gainesway Farm said, “Twin Creeks has had a huge amount of success with perennial leading New York stallion Mission Impazible. After considering many opportunities, we felt like we wanted to follow the leader in New York in Twin Creeks, Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners and Sequel New York.”

Aron Wellman of Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners added, “We are committed to quality mare support for this stallion. We are very excited about our first real venture not only in New York but a mare venture of any kind. It is a no-brainer to follow Randy Gullatt due to the success of Mission Impazible.”

Gullatt of Twin Creeks Farm, who has already had a positive experience in New York, hopes for continued success.

“Having participated in the New York Program for a while now, and having learned what works, I believe Destin is the perfect fit,” Gullatt said. “I am very excited about this horse. Destin’s beautiful body, great bone and ability to go a distance of ground will be an easy match for much of the mare population.

“Destin’s turn of foot was very impressive when setting a track record in the Grade 2 Tampa Bay Derby defeating two future Kentucky stallions. I think New York is a perfect fit based on the influence Giant’s Causeway has had on both turf and dirt. We are very excited about the team and support that Destin will have getting started as a stallion.”

“I look forward to working with Gainesway Farm, Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners as well as Twin Creeks Farm in standing Destin at Sequel Stallions New York,” said Sequel’s Becky Thomas. “Creative Cause was a special horse for me having bought him as a yearling in addition to having stood Freud, the King of New York, at stud for so many years, I am truly Giant Causeway’s number one fan. Destin’s good looks and pedigree are certain to get the breeder’s attention.”

Destin will stand for $6,500 LFSN and will be available for inspection at Sequel New York beginning December 1.

For more information, contact:

Molly Lightner

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