He was one of the 3-year old lead racehorses in 2014 and a top [older] 4-year-old horse in 2015, and now Tonalist’s connections have made the decision to retire him. Effective immediately, Tonalist has officially retired from his successful racing career. Announcements were made public on Dec. 9 that the four-time Grade I winner will embark on his most important contribution to the Thoroughbred breed by taking up his role in the breeding shed at Lane’s End Farm for the 2016 season.
Tonalist was bred in Kentucky by Rene and Lauren Woolcotts’ Woodslane Farm. He was sired by Tapit by Pulpit by A.P. Indy. His dam was Settling Mist by Pleasant Colony. Tonalist was bought privately by Robert “Shel” Evans after the colt’s reserve was unmet at the Fasiq-Tipton Saratoga select yearling sale where he had been consigned by Sweezey & Partners. Trained by Christophe Clement, Tonalist won six graded stakes at distances from a mile to a mile and a half, earning $3,647,000 in a 16 starts, nine of which were in competition with Grade I horses. He was off the board only two times. Tonalist retires with a 7-4-2 record.
Now, as a breeding stallion, Tonalist will stand at Lane’s End Farm, owned and operated by Will Farish. His stud fee has been set at $40,000 [live foal, standing/nursing] for the 2016 season.
Farish is excited to welcome Tonalist to Lane’s End stallion lineup. Says Farish:
Tapit is the most important stallion in America and Tonalist is his best son. Tonalist is his only G1 winning son at a mile and a quarter, from a tremendous female family. He’s exactly the kind of stallion we want to stand. We’re in the business of classic thoroughbreds and he certainly fits our program. A.P. Indy, Lemon Drop Kid, Union Rags won races like the Belmont and Gold Cup and we are confident Tonalist will continue that success.
Evans acknowledged the important role played by Christophe Clement and his team in Tonalist’s racing career. He will be forever thankful that Tonalist retired safe and sound. He said, “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.”
The appreciation of Tonalist certainly extends to Clement who admits that he was the best horse he ever had. Clement believes that Tonalist had more ability than he showed in his races and did not get the chance to show everything he could do on the track. The Christophe Clement Racing Stable posted the following verbatim tribute addressed to Tonalist on their Facebook page as follows:
“All we can say is thank you for always giving it your all. It’s been an incredible journey. You won us our first Classic win in the Belmont Stakes against California Chrome , and became crowned King of New York! You ran against the best horses in your division as both a 3 year old and a 4 year old. You were always sound and never failed to make us proud. On behalf of the entire Clement Tribe, we just want to say thank you for such an amazing ride. We’ll be cheering for you at Lanes End and can’t wait to see all you will accomplish as a stallion. We’ll make sure to visit!”
Tonalist will be available for inspection at Lane’s End Farm by appointment. Interested breeders can call Chance Timm, Jill McCully or Levana Capria for more information at 859 873 7300.