Khozan Retires To Journeyman Stud For 2016

Khozan-Photo by Lauren King

Khozan – Lauren King Photo

Khozan, a royally-bred son of Distorted Humor who caught the horse racing world’s attention with two impressive victories last winter at Gulfstream Park, has been retired and will enter stud this coming year at Brent and Crystal Fernung’s Journeyman Stud in Ocala.

Purchased by Al Shaqab Racing for $1,000,000 at the 2014 Fasig Tipton Florida Sale, Khozan won at first asking at Gulfstream Park last January, easily defeating a group of maiden runners by four lengths. After his maiden win, Khozan was named a TDN Rising Star. He returned a month later to win his next start in a facile manner, running a mile in what the DRF referred to as “galloping through the stretch with the stick uncocked.” Khozan suffered an injury in his last work out prior to the Florida Derby (G1) which ultimately led to his retirement.

Todd Pletcher, who trained Khozan, said, “It’s a shame we never got to see Khozan on the big stage because he was a very fast horse who could carry his speed. He ran a 102 Beyer in his debut victory and followed it up with a thirteen-length win going a mile that set him up as favorite for the Florida Derby. With his talent, looks and pedigree, he has a real shot to be a successful stallion.”

Khozan, a half-brother to Champion race mare and two-time Breeders’ Cup winner Royal Delta, is out of the Graded stakes winner of almost $800,000, Delta Princess. Delta Princess is also the dam of grade one winner, Crown Queen and 2 other graded stake horses from 6 foals to race. Delta Princess sold for $2.8 million dollars carrying Khozan at Keeneland November of 2012.

“Khozan is reminiscent of Danzig and Malibu Moon- immensely talented horses with abbreviated racing careers”, said Brent Fernung, “The upside on Khozan is unlimited. I can’t express how grateful we are to Al Shaqab Racing for allowing us to be involved with this wonderful horse.”

Florida’s breeders will have their first opportunity to inspect Khozan at Journeyman’s open house on Saturday, Dec.5.

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