Aikenite, Dogwood Stable’s multiple graded stakes winner. has been retired and will now be offered for stud duty, Dogwood president W. Cothran Campbell announced today.
“After a winter break in Aiken, he went back into training, but complications with his ankle made a 2012 campaign unrealistic,” Campbell said in a news release. “He has done quite a bit for us and it is time for stallion duty for the 5-year-old son of Yes It’s True and the Saint Ballado mare Silverlado.”
Aikenite ran 23 times with five wins, four seconds and three thirds. His grades takes earnings were $866,635.
Trained by Todd Pletcher, he won as a 2-year-old at Saratoga. He then ran third in the G-1 Hopeful, and second in the G-1 Breeders’ Futurity at Keeneland. He was fifth, beaten 2 1/2 lengths in the Breeder’s Cup Juvenile.
Aikenite won the G-2 Commonwealth at Keeneland, and the G-2 Churchill Downs Stakes in 2011, both at seven furlongs.
“He’s been a lovely horse for Dogwood — happily enough, named for our hometown of Aiken, South Carolina,” Campbell said. “Aikenite has been reliable, uncomplicated and is what a thoroughbred race horse is supposed to look like.”
Aikenite will remain at Todd Pletcher’s barn at Palm Meadows Training Center.