Press release, 9 March 2008

Darley welcomes Pyro to roster upon completion of racing career

Winchell Thoroughbred’s Pyro, impressive winner of yesterday’s Louisiana Derby (G2), and one of the favorites for this year’s Kentucky Derby, will stand at Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al Maktoum’s Darley in Lexington at the conclusion of his racing career.

Dan Pride, COO of Darley America, said: “His turn of foot in the Risen Star was just so visually impressive. Add to that his assertive victory in the Louisiana Derby and we feel extremely excited and privileged to have him coming to Darley. He has all the ingredients to be a superstar on the racetrack and at stud.”

Owner Ron Winchell commented: "To have our homebred Pyro retiring to Darley is extremely exciting. Although we're certainly a bit prejudiced about him, I really do think that the success he has shown on the track will follow him to the stallion barn."

Preceding his victories in the Louisiana Derby and Risen Star, Pyro finished off an impressive two-year-old campaign finishing second to champion War Pass (by Darley stallion Cherokee Run), in both the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (G1) and the Champagne Stakes (G1). Now 3-2-1 from six lifetime starts, Pyro has earnings of $1,056,718 to date.

Pyro is by A.P. Indy’s successful son Pulpit, out of the Wild Again mare Wild Vision, which makes her a full-sister to multiple Graded winner Wild Wonder. Pyro was bred by Winchell Thoroughbreds in whose colors he will race through this year’s Breeders’ Cup.

For questions, please contact Darley Nominations Manager Charlie Boden at 859-255-8537 or