Exaggerator winning the 2016 Preakness Stakes
WinStar stallion Exaggerator has been sold and will take up stud duty in Texas for 2022, the farm announced today.
Exaggerator, Curlin’s only three-time Grade 1 winner at stud, is returning home after being re-purchased by
Texas-based Rocker O Ranch, co-owner of the horse during his sensational racing career. Stud plans are currently being determined for the handsome bay who is produced from the stakes-placed Vindication mare Dawn Raid, a half-sister to Canadian champion and multiple Graded stakes winner Embur’s Song.
“Exaggerator gave us the greatest thrills of our lifetime,” said Rocker O Ranch’s Cole Ortowski. “We are excited to be bringing him back into the family.”
Winner of the Preakness S. (G1), the Haskell (G1), and Santa Anita Derby (G1) by a combined 11 ¼ lengths at three, Exaggerator was also a top 2-year-old. He won the Saratoga Special (G2) and the $1 million Delta Jackpot (G3) as a juvenile and finished second in the Breeders’ Futurity (G1). All told, he banked $3,581,120 racing for the partnership of Big Chief Racing,
Head of Plains Partners, Rocker O Ranch, and trainer Keith Desormeaux.
Exaggerator is the leading Second-Crop Sire by winners with 77 and is represented this year by 2-year-old stakes-winning fillies Sea Level and Pacific Coast, as well as stakes winner Gagetown, winner of the Prairie Mile S. and placed in the Iowa Derby and St. Louis Derby, and multiple stakes-placed Crew Dragon.