World of Trouble (Kantharos–Meets Expectations, by Valid Expectations), a Grade I winner on two surfaces in 2019, will stand alongside his sire at Hill ‘n’ Dale Farms upon the conclusion of his racing career.
Winner of the 2018 Pasco S. in a then stakes-record 1:21.52, World of Trouble became one of the leading turf sprinters in the U.S. in the second half of the season, twice defeating his peers in stakes competition before enduring a gut-wrenching neck defeat at the hands of defending champion Stormy Liberal (Stormy Atlantic) in the GI Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint. The Florida-bred is unbeaten in his five appearances since, including the seven-furlong GI Carter H. over the dirt on Apr. 6 and the GI Jaipur H. going six furlongs on the turf at Belmont Park last weekend, stopping the clock in a slick 1:06.37. A press release from Hill ‘n’ Dale, ownership group Michael Dubb, Madaket Stables and Bethlehem Stables, and BSW Bloodstock, which represented both buyer and seller in the stallion deal, indicated that World of Trouble will race on next year at five before entering stud in 2021.
His current record sits at 13-9-2-1 for earnings of $1,263,300.
Dubb, managing partner of World of Trouble, said, “My partners and I are excited World of Trouble will stand stud at such a world-class facility as Hill ‘n’ Dale. He is the fastest horse I have ever owned, by far, and we will look forward to continuing to run him in the best sprint races America has to offer. We are equally excited to support him at stud, and will start to assemble mares for the 2021 breeding season.”
John Sikura, President of Hill ‘n’ Dale, said, “To watch World of Trouble run is to see effortless brilliant speed on both dirt and turf at the highest levels of racing. He is so unique as a Grade I winner on both surfaces and is by Kantharos, who is a rising star in the sire ranks. He has Seattle Slew, Blushing Groom and In Reality in his pedigree, so his entire pedigree page is replete with quality speed. World of Trouble is completely correct and medium in size so he is compatible with every type of mare. Brilliant, consistent and versatile are great requisites for a new sire.”
Bred by Darsan Inc. of Daryl and Sandy Clark, World of Trouble is a half-brother to SW Money Or Love (J Be K) and is out of a half-sister to two-time GSW Bucchero, also a son of Kantharos, who covered a full book of mares in his first year at stud in 2019. World of Trouble’s 2-year-old full-brother, now named Alfie Solomons, fetched $285,000 at Keeneland September last fall, the most expensive of his sire’s 24 yearlings to sell in 2018. The colt recently worked a half-mile at Keeneland in :47.60 (3/32).