Venezuelan Hug to stand at Mill Creek Farm

Tuesday, November 16th, 2021

Venezuelan Hug wins the Sunshine Turf Stakes in midst of three-race win streak to cap his career. Gulfstream Park Photo.

Graded stakes winner Venezuelan Hug, who ended his career with three straight victories in stakes company, will stand his first season in 2022 at Mill Creek Farm in Stillwater. The 4-year-old son of Constitution out of the Giant’s Causeway mare Downtown Diva will stand for $2,500 LFSN.

Bred by Orlyana Farm, Venezuelan Hug started his career in his native Florida with victories in two of his first four starts including a 5 1/2-length score in a 1 1/16-mile maiden special weight on the grass April 25, 2020 at Gulfstream Park.

Venezuelan Hug won a 9-furlong allowance on the grass that summer at Saratoga Race Course, defeating eventual multiple stakes winner City Man. He started exclusively in stakes company from there and closed his career with victories in the Millions Turf Preview Stakes in November 2020 at Gulfstream Park West, Sunshine Turf Stakes in mid-January at Gulfstream and the Grade 3 Canadian Turf Stakes in late February at Gulfstream.

Venezuelan Hug ended career with victory in Grade 3 Canadian Turf for co-owner Randy Hill. Gulfstream Park Photo.

Venezuelan Hug retired with six wins in 10 starts and $252,830 in earnings for owners Spedale Family Racing and R. A. Hill Stable.

Bred on the same Constitution-Giant’s Causeway cross as Group 1 classic winner Alaskan Queen, winner of the Polla de Potrancas, Venezuelan Hug hails from the family of Rare Perfume, Jaipur and What a Treat.

Venezuelan Hug is the first foal out of Downtown Diva, a half-sister to multiple stakes winner and $193,455-earner Winter, six-time winner and $158,153-earner Gray Phantom and four-time winner and $145,446-earner Downy Boy.

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