Stakes Winner Ground Transport Retired
West Point Thoroughbreds', St. Elias Stable's, and Get Grounded Stable’s multiple stakes winner Ground Transport has been retired from racing.
The 6-year-old Big Brown retires sound following a sixth place finish on March 18 at Fair Grounds. He’s been shipped to Illinois and will begin retraining for a second career.
Ground Transport retired with an overall record of 5-6-1 from 25 starts and earnings of $337,490.
“We had Ground Transport in the barn for nearly four years and he will be missed,” said trainer Mike Stidham. “He’s battled feet problems his entire career and just hasn’t been the same since his four-year-old campaign. I applaud the owners for doing the right thing and not letting him fall to the bottom of the claiming ranks.”
Ground Transport won the Harrison E. Johnson Memorial Stakes at Laurel and the Drosselmeyer Stakes at Belmont Park. He placed in Cornhusker Stakes (G3), Michael J. Schaefer Memorial Stakes, and Tenacious Handicap.
“Ground Transport ran 25 times at 12 different tracks around the country,” said West Point Thoroughbreds president Terry Finley. “Many friendships were forged over the past three years of owning him. Sincere thanks to Mike Stidham and his team for their flexibility and creativity. They’re so creative, we somehow ended up at Arapahoe Park in Colorado!”
Bred in Kentucky by River Bend Farm, Ground Transport is out of the Broad Brush mare Extry. Second dam Prospector’s Fire has produced graded stakes winners Fire the Groom, Stravinsky, and Moscow Ballet (Ire).
Initially purchased by E.J. Sipus Jr. for $40,000 at the 2011 Keeneland September yearling sale, Ground Transport was a $75,000 RNA at the 2012 Keeneland 2-year-old in training sale before being purchased by Jeffrey Yingling, Martin Nixon, Frank Carl Calabrese, and Marrette Farrell.