True Valour Retired to Northview

True Valour | Benoit

R. Larry Johnson's MGSW True Valour (Ire) (Kodiac {GB}–Sutton Veny {Ire}, by Acclamation {GB}) has been retired and will stand at Northview Stallion Station near Chesapeake City, Md. The Graham Motion trainee was last seen finishing second to dual Breeders' Cup winner Golden Pal (Uncle Mo) by just a head in the GIII Troy S. at Saratoga Aug. 5.

The 8-year-old True Valour began his career in Ireland, where he captured the G3 Ballycorus S., and culminated in the U.S., where his wins included the GII City of Hope Mile S. and the GIII Thunder Road S. His 34-7-4-9 record covers 15 black-type wins or placings, including a third to Casa Creed (Jimmy Creed) in the GI Jaipur S. at Belmont this summer. It was his second start of the year after being away for 13 months due to injury while competing in the 2021 G1 Al Quoz Sprint in Dubai. Johnson had purchased him for $225,000 at the 2020 Fasig-Tipton July Horses of Racing Age sale and retires the son of Kodiac with earnings of $690,237.

“True Valour's return to racing in 2022 was remarkable and he displayed more speed than any horse I have ever trained,” said Motion. “With his pedigree, ability, and conformation I think he has the qualities to be a successful stallion.”

A half-brother to the Stonestreet-owned and Wesley Ward-trained 2-year-old No Kay Never (Ire) (No Nay Never), who finished third in the Oct. 8 Woodbine Cares S., True Valour is from the same family as G1 Two Thousand Guineas winner Mystiko (Secreto).

True Valour will stand for $3,000 live foal. Multiple mare discounts will be available.

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