August 20, 2013. The stud shed days for Harlem Rocker are officially over according to the announcement from Adena Springs on August 20. Despite the stallion’s recovery from the spinal surgery he underwent in 2012, he will not be returning to his stud career.
Eight-year-old Harlem Rocker was an Adena homebred by Macho Uno out of Freedom Come by Lit de Justice. Rocker only stood one season in 2011 at McMahon of Saratoga Thoroughbreds. He suffered a serious spinal cord compression and required surgery. This caused him to miss both the 2012 and 2013 breeding seasons.
Adena Springs announced on their Facebook page and to Blood Horse that Harlem Rocker is enjoying his early retirement. According to the spokesperson, Adena Springs did not want to risk a further injury by standing him at stud again.
During his 2011 stud season, Harlem Rocker bred 18 mares. Nine live foals resulted from some of these matings, and three of his babies have gone through the sales ring thus far. One colt yearling out of Champagne Lass by Bright Launch sold for $35,000 to Chapman & Meyer at Fasig-Tipson Saratoga during the preferred New York-bred sale. The grey colt was consigned by Thorndale Farm
Harlem Rocker had wins in the Grade III Withers Stakes and the Prince of Wales Stakes. He also came in first in the Grade I Hill ‘N’ Dale Cigar Mile but was disqualified into second place. His record at retirement was 4-2-1 out of 12 starts. He earnings amounted to $597,649.
Source: Blood Horse
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