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2014 Belmont champ Tonalist retired to Lane’s End

Tonalist, left, with Joel Rosario up edges out Commissioner with Javier Castellano up to win the 146th running of the Belmont Stakes horse race, Saturday, June 7, 2014, in Elmont, N.Y.
Tonalist, left, with Joel Rosario up edges out Commissioner with Javier Castellano up to win the 146th running of the Belmont Stakes horse race, Saturday, June 7, 2014, in Elmont, N.Y. AP

Tonalist, the 2014 Belmont Stakes champion, has been retired and will stand stud at Lane’s End Farm outside Versailles.

Tonalist’s stallion fee in 2016 is set at $40,000.

Tonalist, best known for derailing California Chrome’s bid for the Triple Crown, finished off the board only two times in a 16-race career that included six graded stakes victories and more than $3.6 million in earnings.

As a 3-year-old in 2014, Tonalist won the Grade 2 Peter Pan, the Grade 1 Belmont and the Grade 1 Jockey Club Gold Cup. This year, Tonalist captured the Grade 3 Westchester Stakes, picked up a repeat victory in the Jockey Club Gold Cup and wrapped up his career Nov. 28 by winning the Grade I Cigar Mile Handicap. Tonalist finished fifth in the Breeders’ Cup Classic at Keeneland on Oct. 31. Tonalist ended his career with seven first-place finishes, four seconds and two thirds.

“Tapit is the most important stallion in America and Tonalist is his best son” Lane’s End owner Will Farish said in a news release. “He’s exactly the kind of stallion we want to stand.”

From the Pleasant Colony mare Settling Mist, Tonalist descends from the immediate female family of multiple Grade 1 winner Riskaverse and Horse of the Year, Havre de Grace.

“I want to thank Christophe Clement and his team for their great work,” owner R.S. Evans said of Tonalist’s trainer. “This horse retired sound and only ran on Lasix. What he's been able to accomplish is a great testament to the horsemanship of Christophe. I’m very excited to partner with Lane’s End on the next stage of this horse’s career. Tonalist will be a great fit there. They have an excellent reputation of making racehorses like him into prolific stallions.”

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