July 11, 2017
Grade 1 winning millionaire Connect has been retired and will stand at stud in 2018 at Lane’s End Farm.
Connect, owned by Paul Pompa, bred by Fox Straus and trained by Chad Brown ended 2016 with a win in the Cigar Mile (G1). That effort earned him a 1 Ragozin figure, comparable to the best horses in training of last year. Connect returned this year in a romp in the Westchester S. (G3) as a prep for the Met Mile (G1) where he would have been the likely favorite. His victory in the Westchester earned him a 107 Beyer, one of the highest this year up to a mile, and placed him among the top older horses of 2017. Unfortunately he suffered a soft tissue injury that would preclude him from racing again this year.
“I’ve said it before, but of all the very good horses I’ve been fortunate to own Connect is in another league,” said owner Paul Pompa. “Of course we’re all very disappointed that he won’t be able to run again, but I’m also looking forward to the next stage of his career. Lane’s End has an exceptional record and I’m confident that the outstanding syndicate that’s been put together will give him every chance for success.”
Breaking his maiden in his three-year old debut, Connect has been very tough since winning 5 of his next 6, which included 4 stakes wins with 100+ Beyers in each of those wins. “His return to the races this year showed just how good he is and how competitive he would have been in the toughest division in racing,” said Eclipse Award winning trainer Chad Brown. “He’s an outstanding physical, with speed by a top sire. He’s a very promising prospect.” Connect has won six times from eight starts and been off the board only once. He retires with $1,370,000 in earnings.
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 a 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, with which Curlin has had so much success with. He’s an outstanding physical, very much akin to the successful stallions on our roster today.” said Will Farish. “Paul Pompa has had a major racing stable for many years and I’m very happy he’s entrusted us with the stallion career of Connect.”