According to Bloodhorse, the owners were made an offer they could not refuse despite the fact that he had very good books for his first seasons. I wish we would hold on to our horses a little longer to see how they pan out at stud instead of just selling them off so early.
I was just coming to post this. I really loved him on the track & while his pedigree is not exactly unique, I think this is the sort of horse we should be running to breed to. Winner at distance, sound & competitive past three, with a pedigree full of producers of good sires.
I certainly don't begrudge Japan doing their business; they have the money & know what kinds of animals they want in their breeding programs, and you can't deny they're producing a great racing product. I just wonder at what point the American racing & breeding powers-that-be will compare what the Japanese are taking vs. what they're leaving here and say "Hmmm, now why is that?".
I wish him a long & successful career over there and I'll line up to meet him when he comes back to retire.