Trainer Rusty Arnold's MGSW & 2020 Breeders' Cup-placed Leinster (Majestic Warrior–Vassar, by Royal Academy) has officially been retired from racing and will stand at Joe and Helen Barbazon's Pleasant Acres Stallions in Florida for the 2022 breeding season. He will stand for $5,000 and has already arrived at the farm.
“Leinster is an exceptional addition to the stallion barn at Pleasant Acres Stallions,” said Joe Barbazon. “A world-class turf sprinter, he brings with him two blazing fast track records in graded events and four triple digit Beyers.”
Racing for a partnership that included Amy E. Dunne, Brenda Miley, Westrock Stables LLC, and Jean Wilkinson, Leinster made his racing debut at three and promptly ran into eventual Eclipse champion sprinter Mitole (Eskendereya) in his first start. He waited until the next year to break his maiden, then promptly took three straight at Keeneland, Churchill Downs, and Saratoga, including his first black-type try in the GIII Troy S. Leinster improved at five, winning the GII Shakertown S. and the GII Woodford S. prior to a third-place finish in the GI Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint. His only 2021 start yielded a win in the GIII Gulfstream Park Turf Sprint S. Leinster retires with a record of 24-6-6-5 and earnings of $764,971. He set new course records at both Saratoga and Keeneland, both at 5 1/2 furlongs.
“Track record holder at Saratoga and Keeneland,” said Arnold. “You don't get any faster than that and a beautiful individual to go with it.”
Leinster is a half-brother to four stakes performers, including two-time Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint winner Stormy Liberal (Atormy Atlantic), SW-Ire & MGSP-US Shimmering Moment (Afleet Alex), and GISP Coast Guard (Stormy Atlantic).