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Ponder retired to stud

November 01, 2006

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Ponder p,5, 1:48.1, a winner of $1,522,936, has been purchased by Diamond Creek Farm and retired from racing. He will stand at stud in 2007 at the Peninsula Farms location in York, Pa. His stud fee will be $6,000.

Diamond Creek Farm will retain a 50 percent in the 5-year-old stallion and syndicate the remaining interest into 100 shares.

Peninsula Farm owner Carter Duer, who has worked with many great horses during his long career as a farm manager, says Ponder is one of the best-looking horses he has ever seen.

“This horse was here (at Peninsula Farm in Lexington) a couple of years during the fall meet (at The Red Mile), so I got to see plenty of the horse besides on the racetrack, and he’s just a magnificent animal,” said Duer. “To sell yearlings you’ve got to have some eye appeal, and he’s certainly got that.”

In addition to earning more than $1.5 million, Ponder set a world and track records and won many major races. He also holds the distinction of having won eight races in sub-1:50 time.

Trained by Bob McIntosh throughout his four-year racing career, Ponder’s resume shows 42 wins in 56 starts. Among his victories was his world and track record-equaling 1:49 victory in the Winbak Invitational at the Delaware County Fair on Little Brown Jug day. He also won this year’s Graduate Pace final and a division of this year’s U.S. Pacing Championship as well as legs of the W.R. Haughton Memorial.

“Any time you talked to any driver about Ponder, they all liked him because he always tried,” added Duer. “He showed a lot of guts, even with a lot of first-over trips.”

Ponder is a son of The Panderosa, a son of Western Hanover, and is out of the Abercrombie mare Empty Feeling, who is a half sister to Simple Gesture, the dam of Breeders Crown champion Shark Gesture.
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