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                  === Breeders to get look at Shackleford ===
 
 Lexington,  KY  (Sports Network) - Retirement  may not have yet begun for 2011
 Preakness  Stakes champ  Shackleford,  but potential  breeders  will have  the
 opportunity this weekend to check out the 4-year-old colt.
 
 Owned  by Michael  Lauffer,  Bill Cubbedge  and  Phillips Racing  Partnership,
 Shackleford  will be  available to  be viewed  by breeders  at Darby  Dan Farm
 Friday  through  Sunday. Although an  official retirement announcement has not
 been made, plans remain for him to stand at Darby Dan in 2013.
 
 "We  wanted to give breeders the opportunity to see him," said Robert Hammond,
 General  Manager of Darby  Dan. "Ever since his Met Mile win, the interest has
 been  gratifying, and  we  anticipate  a strong  initial  book  of mares  from
 accomplished breeders."
 
 Trained  by Dale  Romans, Shackleford posted five wins in 19 career starts for
 $2,824,047  with five seconds and a third. After winning two of three races in
 2010,  the colt  hit the  Triple Crown  trail and  registered a  fifth in  the
 Fountain of Youth and was runner-up to Dialed In in the Florida Derby.
 
 Ridden  by  Jesus Castanon, Shackleford was  fourth in the Kentucky Derby as a
 23-1  longshot behind  Animal  Kingdom.  He shocked  most  people  to win  the
 Preakness  at  12-1  over  2-1  favorite Animal  Kingdom.  Three  weeks  later
 Shackleford  could  do no better than  sixth in the Belmont Stakes with Animal
 Kingdom right behind in seventh.
 
 He  closed  out his 2011  campaign with  second-place finishes in the Haskell,
 Indiana Derby and Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile, with just an eighth-place result in
 the Travers.
 
 As  a  4-year-old, Shackleford had wins  in the Churchill Downs Stakes and Met
 Mile.  In  probably his final  career start he  finished seventh in his second
 Dirt Mile as the 5-2 co-favorite.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 11/08 10:27:56 ET


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