Mr. and Mrs. William K. Warren, Jr.’s The Lieutenant (Street Sense–Stage Magic, by Ghostzapper), a graded stakes-winning half-brother to unbeaten 2018 Triple Crown winner Justify (Scat Daddy), has been retired from racing and will stand the 2019 season at Sequel New York, it was announced Monday. The
5-year-old son of the GSP mare Stage Magic captured the GIII All American S. at Golden Gate May 28 and finished second and third, respectively, in the July 7 GII Suburban S. and the Apr. 28 GII Californian S.
“He’s a Grade III winner, but he also ran second in the Suburban and beat Discreet Lover (Repent), Hoppertunity (Any Given Saturday) and Tapwrit (Tapit)–a bunch of really nice horses,” said Becky Thomas, owner of Sequel New York.
Bred in Kentucky by John Gunther and ultimately purchased for $185,000 by trainer Mike McCarthy as an OBS March 2-year-old in training, The Lieutenant retires with an overall record of 4-2-1 and earnings of $345,882 from 15 starts. Throughout his career, he also was a regular workmate of McCarthy’s GI Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile winner City of Light (Quality Road).
“Before Justify became a Triple Crown champion, I thought his older brother, The Lieutenant, could have been any kind,” McCarthy said. “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 [GII] Suburban H. ultimately curtailed his career. I’ll miss watching him train in lockstep with City of Light. I 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.”
The Lieutenant joins a Sequel stallion roster that also includes Freud (Storm Cat), a full-brother to legendary racehorse and sire Giant’s Causeway.
“We’ve been very fortunate to have horses that carry a lot of pedigree and bring a lot of breeder support,” Thomas said. “It’s a very unique opportunity to stand a half-brother to an undefeated Triple Crown winner.”