GSW The Lieutenant, half-brother to Justify, joins Sequel stallion roster

Tuesday, December 4th, 2018

Photo: Susie Raisher

(Edited press release)

Sequel New York announced Monday, December 3, 2018 that The Lieutenant, a half-brother to undefeated Triple Crown hero Justify and a graded stakes winner in his own right is joining the Sequel New York stallion roster

Sired by champion 2-year-old and Grade 1 Kentucky Derby-winning Darley Stallion Street Sense, The Lieutenant is out of the stakes placed Ghostzapper mare, Stage Magic, dam of presumptive horse of the year Justify.

Trained in California by Mike McCarthy for Mr. and Mrs. William K. Warren, Jr., The Lieutenant won races at Del Mar, Los Alamitos, Santa Anita and Golden Gate Fields, where he captured the Grade 3 All American Stakes defeating six graded performers.

In New York, The Lieutenant finished second to multiple Grade 1 winner Diversify in Belmont’s $700,000 Grade 2 Suburban Stakes besting Hoppertunity, Tapwrit, Discreet Lover, War Story and others. He also placed in Santa Anita’s $200,000 Grade 2 Californian Stakes. The bay colt retires with $345,882 in earnings from four wins, two seconds a third.

“Before Justify became a Triple Crown Champion, I thought his older brother, The Lieutenant, could have been any kind,” said trainer Mike McCarthy. “His looks, mechanics and desire to train reminded me of some of the most talented horses I had ever been around, before an unfortunate injury after the Suburban Handicap ultimately curtailed his career.

“I’ll miss watching him train in lock step with City of Light and was sure he was geared up to make some noise in the fall schedule’s biggest races. I have no doubt that his looks, heart and strong female family will be a bonus to the New York Breeders for years to come. Get your mare on the books now… I know mine is!”

Sequel owner Becky Thomas said, “Justify is a very special horse. When the opportunity presented itself to stand his brother in New York, I just couldn’t pass it up. Standing brothers of famous horses has served me very well. Giant’s Causeway’s brother Freud has become the very cornerstone of the breeding program in New York.”

Continued Thomas, “Not only is The Lieutenant a half-brother to the future Horse Of The Year, he beat a bunch of nice Grade 1 winning horses on his own. He is by a horse I love, Street Sense, who is having a phenomenal year and I believe has a very bright future.  I am very happy to be able to offer this quality of bloodlines to our breeders.”

The Lieutenant will stand for $6500 LFSN.

Contact: Molly Lightner

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