Three-time Grade I winner Practical Joke (Into Mischief–Halo Humor, by Distorted Humor) will retire to Coolmore’s Ashford Stud following a start in the Dec. 2 GI Cigar Mile and will stand for $30,000 in 2018, Coolmore America announced Tuesday. The farm also released the 2018 fee for their recently retired GI Gold Cup at Santa Anita S. hero Cupid (Tapit–Pretty ‘N Smart, by Beau Genius), who will command $12,500.
Victor of the GI H. Allen Jerkens S. this summer and the GI Champagne S. and GI Hopeful S. as a juvenile, Practical Joke finished fourth in the GI Las Vegas Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile last Friday and will take another crack at his elders in the Cigar Mile next month. Owned by Klaravich Stables and William Lawrence, the Chad Brown trainee’s record currently stands at 11-5-2-2 with $1,1720,800 in earnings.
Trained by Hall of Famer Bob Baffert, Cupid collected three Grade II victories during his 2016 sophomore campaign, in addition to his top-level success this term. Retiring with a record of 13-6-1-0 and earnings of $1,701,873, the $900,000 KEESEP yearling has arrived at Ashford and is available for inspection at the farm’s open house from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. this week.
Practical Joke and Cupid join champion Classic Empire (Pioneerof the Nile) as the three new stallions on Ashford’s roster for 2018. Classic Empire’s stud fee was previously announced at $35,000.