Mrs. Magalen Bryant’s 2014 GI Travers S. winner V.E. Day (English Channel–California Sunset, by Deputy Minister) has retired from racing and will return to the United States to stand at Dr. Jerry Bilinksi’s Waldorf Farm in North Chatham, New York for an introductory price of $6,500 in 2017, representative Johnathan Miller announced Thursday. V.E. Day campaigned in France for trainer M. Rolland in 2016 following two years under the care of Jimmy Jerkens. He retires with a record of 4-3-3 and earnings of $1,044,061 from 17 starts.
“He is shipping back to the U.S. from France and will take up stud duties next year at Dr. Jerry Bilinski’s Waldorf Farm,” commented Miller. “We are extremely excited to stand the leading North American money [earning winner] of a Grade I stakes on dirt by English Channel.”
The highlight of V.E. Day’s career came when he nosed out Wicked Strong (Hard Spun) to capture the Travers, and the colt added a runner-up finish in the GII Brooklyn Invitational S. to his resume as a 4-year-old in 2015. He finished third in four of his appearances in France this year.
“V.E. Day was a beautiful chestnut colt with a gorgeous shoulder and a stride that covered immense ground,” Jerkens said of his former charge. “He ascended the three-year-old ranks in early summer in leaps and bounds as was evident by his big wins in the Curlin and Travers. He was absolutely sound and had a mind to match. He will always be one of my favorites.”
Bred by Brad Kelley’s Bluegrass Hall, V.E. Day is out of the Deputy Minister mare California Sunset, dam of five other winners and out of a sister to 1998 champion turf horse Sunshine Forever (Roberto).