Grade 1 winner Connect will stand at Lane’s End Farm following his retirement from racing.
Connect, owned by Paul Pompa, bred by Fox Straus and trained by Chad Brown, finished 2016 with a dominant success in the Grade 1 Cigar Mile.
“I’ve been very fortunate to own many top class racehorses, but Connect is in another league,” said owner Paul Pompa. “When it came time to determine the future of his stallion career, the best choice was Lane’s End. Their success in making world class stallions and the people involved made it a very easy decision. I’m excited to run him again this year and very much looking forward to being involved with the Farish family and Lane’s End for many years to come.”
Breaking his maiden in his three-year old debut, Connect has been very tough since winning 4 of his next 5, which included 3 stakes wins. He’s run a 90+ Beyer in every start as a three year old culminating with a 106 in the Cigar.
“Connect is poised to be one of the top older horses this year. He’s done everything we’ve asked of him from his stakes debut at Saratoga to defeating the Derby & Preakness winner and winning his first Grade 1. He ran a 1 on the sheets in the Cigar and there are very few active horses running those kinds of figures,” said trainer Chad Brown.
By top sire Curlin, Connect is out of the Holy Bull mare Bullville Belle from the immediate family of Pompa’s own Grade 1 Garden City winner Backseat Rhythm. “He’s by an emerging top class sire that’s one of the most commercially sought after stallions in the market. He will cross beautifully with A.P. Indy line mares, which Curlin has had so much success with. He’s an outstanding physical, very much akin to the successful stallions on our roster today. We’re confident breeders will find him very attractive. We’re certainly grateful for the opportunity to partner with Mr. Pompa and very pleased with the strength of the syndicate behind this horse,” said Will Farish.
Connect is currently in training with Chad Brown at Palm Meadows and is expected to make his 2017 debut this spring.