WELL-PERFORMED stallion Jet Laag has been retired from stud duties.
Victorian breeding establishment Empire Stallions made the announcement today the world champion was no long available for breeding purposes.
The son of Laag, which was first at the stud in Ohio, has stood in Victoria since 2001, where he enjoyed spectacular success as a sire.
He produced almost 300 winners from 504 starters for $11.3million in stakes at an average of $22,000 per starter.
Former champion juvenile Lombo Pocket Watch is undoubtedly his greatest performer.
The first two-year-old to be named Australian Horse of the Year, Lombo Pocket Watch captured 13 Group One, including three Derbys.
Other top class winners by Jet Laag include Argent Treasure, winner of the WA Derby, Australian Pacing Gold winner Hilton Fly High, Im Blue Double Dee (Mildura Cup), the WA feature race winners Smokey The Bandit, Alkira Jetstar, Deluxe Edition and La Mia Juliette and The Stewardess.
In North America Jet Laag sired the winners of more than $8million with 41 in 1:55 and 129 and 2:00.
Jet Laag, trained by top USA trainer Linda Toscano, won 44 races during his six-year career for a bankroll of $1,001,746 and a best time of 1:49.
“Jet Laag has been a true champion both on the racetrack and in the breeding barn” said David James, owner of Empire Stallions.
“He is a loveable horse with a great personality. At age 23, we have decided that it is time for him to retire and enjoy his remaining years grazing in his favourite paddock.”
- PAUL COURTS