Tonalist retires today after a career that was marked by five major victories. He will always be remembered for breaking the hearts of America by upsetting California Chrome at the 2014 Belmont Stakes. The four-year old standout ended his career on a high note, thundering to victory at the Cigar Mile just a couple weeks ago.
Sired by the famed Tapit, who has increased his breeding price to $300,000, Tonalist retires to Land’s End where his stud fee will begin at a modest $40,000 according to press releases.
Trained by Chris Clement and owned by Robert S. Evans, Tonalist earned $3,647,000 over a four-year career that was highlighted by wins at the Peter Pan Stakes, Jockey Club Gold Cup and Belmont Stakes in 2014. He repeated at the Jockey Club Gold Cup in 2015, while also adding wins at the Westchester Handicap and Cigar Mile.
Tonalist also competed at the 2014 Breeders’ Cup Classic, posting as a 4/1 second favourite behind Shared Belief, and alongside California Chrome. He would run a strong race, but ultimately end up fifth.
As Tonalist retires to Land’s End, his connections couldn’t be happier with his career. “Christophe said that he was the best horse he ever had, and he was the best horse I ever had,” remarked his owner, Robert S. Evans, who also suggested that “economic pressures” forced his hand in terms of the colt’s career.
It’s an intriguing choice for a horse that could’ve competed in 2016, but putting a horse out to stud can be just as profitable. The ownership is hoping that Tonalist will take after his father, who is regarded as one of the most important in American thoroughbred breeding.
Tapit has produced four winners of Breeders’ Cup events, which include Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies champion Stardom Bound (2009), Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf champion Tapitsfly, 2011 Breeders’ Cup Jveinle winner Hansen and 2012 Dirt Mile victor Tapizar. 2014 Kentucky Oaks winner, Untapable, is also a product of Tapit.
Tonalist retires as Tapit’s most prized offspring, and will undoubtedly live out his life in Land’s End well, as he hopes to emulate his father’s affect on this sport for years to come under the guidance of the Walsh family.