PyroPyro (Lou Hodges)A day after Pyro (Pulpit/Wild Vision, by Wild Again) cemented his position as early favorite for the Kentucky Derby with a win in the Gr2 Louisiana Derby, it was announced yesterday that the three-year-old colt will stand at Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum’s Darley in Lexington at the conclusion of his career.

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Pyro launched himself to the front of the sophomore division with a visually impressive win in the February 9 Gr2 Risen Star Stakes. “His turn of foot in the Risen Star was just so visually impressive,” said Dan Pride, COO of Darley America. “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.”

Pyro, a Winchell Thoroughbreds homebred, was also second in last year’s Gr1 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile and Gr1 Champagne Stakes. “To have our homebred Pyro retiring to Darley is extremely exciting,” said Ron Winchell. “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.”

Pyro is expected to race in the Winchell Thoroughbreds colors through this year’s Breeders’ Cup.

Extract from Thoroughbred Daily News