Early Voting, who was not on the roster of stud fees when Coolmore America announced their 2024 lineup Tuesday, has been “removed from covering duties at Ashford Stud for the 2024 breeding season due to an inability to breed, according to veterinary experts,” Coolmore said Wednesday.
The farm said that the stallion, a son of Gun Runner, was subject to an ongoing insurance claim.
Early Voting got off to a successful start at stud in 2023, and did get mares in foal, but experienced problems midway through the season. Those issues have apparently not been resolved.
Owned by Klaravich Stables, the 2022 Preakness winner stood for a fee of $25,000 in 2023. Out of a half-sister to Speightstown (Gone West), Early Voting made each of his first three starts at Aqueduct, winning a maiden special weight and the GIII Withers S. before finishing second by a neck to eventual GI Belmont S. winner Mo Donegal (Uncle Mo) in the GII Wood Memorial S. He bypassed the Kentucky Derby and recorded a 105 Beyer in his Preakness win.