Kentucky Derby Winner Always Dreaming Retires to WinStar Farm
Wednesday, September 5, 2018
Always Dreaming, winner of the 2017 Kentucky Derby (G1) and Florida Derby (G1), has been retired from racing and will join the stallion ranks at WinStar Farm, it was announced today.

Hailing from the Unbridled sire line, the most dominant classic sire line in recent years, Always Dreaming was campaigned by Teresa Viola Racing Stables, St. Elias Stables, MEB Racing Stables, Brooklyn Boyz Stables, Siena Farm and West Point Thoroughbreds with WinStar Farm, SF Bloodstock and China Horse Club joining the ownership group for the dark bay colt’s 4-year-old season and stallion career.
“He was brilliantly fast, and he has everything you want in a stallion—looks, pedigree, and performance,” said Elliott Walden, president, CEO, and racing manager of WinStar Farm. “We dream about the Kentucky Derby every day, but the race I really liked was the Florida Derby. When I saw the teletimer, I was amazed. We are excited to add a potentially breed-shaping stallion from the Unbridled line, which has proven to be today’s preeminent classic sire line.”

Trained by Todd Pletcher, Always Dreaming broke his maiden by an eye-catching 11 ½ lengths in January of his 3-year-old season and rattled off four consecutive victories, culminating with his triumph in the 143 rd Kentucky Derby. He captured the $1 million Florida Derby by a decisive five lengths in his stakes debut, running 1 1/8 miles in 1:47.47—marking the fastest running of the race since Alydar in 1978. That scintillating performance made Always Dreaming the favorite for the $2 million Kentucky Derby (G1), which he won by a commanding 2 ¾ lengths, the largest margin of victory in the Run for the Roses in the last half dozen years. His impressive winning effort earned a Beyer Speed Figure of 102.

“He was one of the most athletic horses I have ever trained,” said Pletcher. “He has a terrific bounce to him. I compare him to a panther, a fluid mover.”

Tom Ryan said, “When we think about investing in a stallion, I want them to be athletic, fast and out of a top mare. Always Dreaming has it all.”

Bred in Kentucky by Gerry Dilger and Mike Ryan’s Santa Rosa Partners, Always Dreaming was a $350,000 Keeneland September Book 1 yearling from the first crop of Bodemeister. He is produced from the Grade 3-winning, Grade 1-placed and multiple Grade 1-producing In Excess (Ire) mare Above Perfection and is a half-brother to Grade 1-winning juvenile Hot Dixie Chick.

Always Dreaming concludes his racing career with four wins from 11 starts, hitting the board in eight, having amassed earnings of $2,415,860. He retires sound and has taken up residence at WinStar where he will begin his new career as a stallion in 2019 for a stud fee of $25,000.
Visit Always Dreaming's Page Always Dreaming
Nutsie wins Saratoga MdSpWt debut for Top-5 Freshman sire Exaggerator title=
Exaggerator

Nutsie wins Saratoga MdSpWt debut for Top-5 Freshman sire Exaggerator

Nutsie drew off in the final furlong of the Saratoga stretch to win his Aug. 13 debut by two lengths...

[read more]

Congrats' Snow Man wins Duke City Sprint S. in 2020 debut title=
Congrats

Congrats' Snow Man wins Duke City Sprint S. in 2020 debut

Snow Man, who was stakes-placed as a 2-year-old, made his 2020 unveiling in Saturday's Duke City Sprint S. at Albuquerque Downs...

[read more]

Tiz the Law continues historic year with a Travers S. (G1) victory title=
Constitution

Tiz the Law continues historic year with a Travers S. (G1) victory

Tiz the Law's extended his undefeated season with another magnificent performance in Saturday's $1 million Travers S. (G1) at Saratoga...

[read more]

Esplanande beats the boys in the Cleveland Kindergarten S. title=

Esplanande beats the boys in the Cleveland Kindergarten S.

WinStar Farms, Blazing Meadows Farm and Michael Lewis' homebred 2-year-old filly Esplanande overpowered the colts in Saturday's $100,000 Cleveland Kindergarten S...

[read more]

Constitution homebred rolls to second straight stakes win title=
Constitution

Constitution homebred rolls to second straight stakes win

On the same day that Tiz the Law triumphed in the Travers S. (G1), Constitution's undefeated filly Alexandria rolled to a nine-length victory in the $100,000 Miss Ohio S...

[read more]

Bee Exxtravagant scores a double-digit MdSpWt victory title=
Exaggerator

Bee Exxtravagant scores a double-digit MdSpWt victory

Exaggerator's newest winner Bee Exxtravagant posted a gaudy 11-length maiden special weight win on Aug. 5...

[read more]

Tourist filly rolls to 7 1/2-length maiden special weight win title=
Tourist

Tourist filly rolls to 7 1/2-length maiden special weight win

Woodbine Way went to the front and never looked back to break her maiden by a widening 7 1/2-lengths Aug. 4 at Presque Isle Downs...

[read more]

Paynter's Positivity stays undefeated with Graduation S. win title=
Paynter

Paynter's Positivity stays undefeated with Graduation S. win

Positivity passed his first stakes test Sunday at Del Mar with a stirring half-length victory over Good With People in the $100,000 Graduation S...

[read more]

Ready to Repeat lives up to his name in $100,000 Victoria S. title=
More Than Ready

Ready to Repeat lives up to his name in $100,000 Victoria S.

Ready to Repeat parlayed a July 12 maiden win into a 2 1/2-length victory in Sunday's $100,000 Victoria S. at Woodbine...

[read more]

Echo Town triumphs in Allen Jerkens S. (G1) title=
Speightstown

Echo Town triumphs in Allen Jerkens S. (G1)

Echo Town became Speightstown's 18th Grade 1 winner on Saturday with a stirring victory in the $300,000 H. Allen Jerkens S. (G1) at Saratoga...

[read more]