Following Sea (Runhappy–Quick Flip, by Speightstown), the recently retired winner of the 2021 GII Vosburgh S., will begin his stud career next season at Rivard Stables in Eli, Manitoba. The 5-year-old was purchased from his breeder, Spendthrift Farm, by longtime Manitoba horseman Gary Naherniak to stand in Western Canada.
Racing in the Spendthrift colors for trainer Todd Pletcher, Following Sea was second in the 2021 GI Haskell S. and GI Cigar Mile and was third in the GI Breeders' Cup Sprint and GI H. Allen Jerken Memorial S., in addition to his Vosburgh victory. On the board in all nine career starts, he won three times and earned $855,620.
“Following Sea is great looking and an outstanding mover,” Pletcher said. “He had tons of speed.”
The deal to send Following Sea to Manitoba was brokered by Derek MacKenzie and Matt Bowling of Vinery Sales.
“Following Sea was an explosive racehorse, specializing on dirt at six to eight furlongs. His 3-year-old campaign was very impressive as he shipped back and forth across the U.S. a couple of times and ran well at numerous major tracks, winning the GII Vosburgh and placing in multiple Grade I's. He was tough on the track and is an awesome physical specimen, being that he is both big and pretty. I remember inspecting the Spendthrift yearlings in the spring of 2019 and we at Vinery Sales ranked him #1 as the best yearling physically we had seen that year. This is an incredible stallion prospect to stand in Manitoba, and I would expect mares to, not only travel within Manitoba to him, but for breeders to send mares from the other Western provinces and most likely some from Ontario and the U.S. as well.”
Following Sea's stud fee will be announced in the near future.