Statesman of Victorian breeding is retired

Jun 16, 2016 | Harness Breeders Victoria Statesman of Victorian breeding is retired

Empire Stallions has announced today that the mighty grey JET LAAG, a former world champion, million dollar earner and a highly successful sire, has been retired from stud duties.

The 1:49 son of Laag, who was first at the stud in Ohio, has stood in Victoria since 2001 where he enjoyed spectacular success as a sire. He produced almost 300 individual winners from 504 starters and they amassed $11.3-million in stakes for an average of $22,000 per starter.

Lombo Pocket Watch, the first two-year-old ever to be named Horse of the Year and the winner of three Derbies and a record $1.5-million, was undoubtedly his greatest performer.

Argent Treasure, winner of the WA Derby, the Australian Pacing Gold winner Hilton Fly High, Im Blue Double Dee (Mildura Cup), the WA feature race winners Smokey The Bandit, Alkira Jetstar, Deluxe Edition and La Mia Juliette and The Stewardess were other good winners sired by JET LAAG.

In North America Jet Laag sired the winners of more than $8 million with 41 in 1:55 and 129 and 2:00.

JET LAAG, trained by top USA trainer Linda Toscano, won 44 races during his six-year career and $1,001,746 in stakes. The crowning moment of his racetrack campaign was his win in the 1999 Senior Jug at Delaware’s half-mile track in a world record 1:49.

“JET LAAG has been a true Champion both on the racetrack and in the breeding barn” said David James, owner of Empire Stallions. “He is a loveable horse with a great personality. At age 23, we have decided that it is time for him to retire and enjoy his remaining years grazing in his favourite paddock. JET has been a terrific sire here in Australia and his influence is sure to carry on for years to come.”