Grade 1 winner Justin Phillip retired to Castleton Lyons

Posted to: Justin Phillip Monday, November 4, 2013
Zayat Stables' Grade 1 winner Justin Phillip has been retired from racing and will begin stud duties for the 2014 breeding season at Castleton Lyons for a fee of $12,500.

Trained by Steve Asmussen, 5-year-old Justin Phillip raced 32 times over a four-year career including 23 lifetime starts in graded stakes, winning or placed in 11 of them. He won the Alfred G. Vanderbilt H. (G1) at Saratoga in 1:08.59 for six furlongs, earning a 109 Beyer Speed figure.

In addition to the Vanderbilt, Justin Phillip earned graded scores in the Woody Stephens S. (G2) at Belmont Park and the Count Fleet Sprint H. (G3) at Oaklawn Park.

By First Samurai out of the Cryptoclearance mare Ava Knowsthecode, Justin Phillip finished his career placing in 13 stakes from a record of 7-6-8, and earning $1,293,497.

"We are very excited to stand Justin Phillip at Castleton Lyons and pleased to have had the opportunity to develop the next chapter in this extremely good looking colt’s career," said Shane Ryan, president of Castleton Lyons. "He has been expertly handled by Steve Asmussen and is an excellent example of a big All-American dirt horse that we hope will be well received by the breeders.

"In addition to Justin Phillip’s race record we were attracted to this stallion prospect as his pedigree is from one of the most active female families in the stud book. His dam Ava Knowsthecode has had five black type winners to date with a $1.2 million 2013 September Sales graduate to race in 2014."