J P's Gusto, a Grade 1-winning juvenile and top 3-year-old sprinter, has retired to Brent & Crystal Fernung's Journeyman Stud in Ocala, FL and will stand his first season in 2012.
By champion sire Successful Appeal, J P's Gusto was one of the top 2-year-olds in the country in 2010, reeling off four consecutive stakes victories. Based in California, he broke his maiden in the Willard L. Proctor Memorial S. at Hollywood before winning the Hollywood Juvenile Championship S. (G3), Best Pal S. (G2) and Del Mar Futurity (G1). J P's Gusto also showed his quality by stretching out around two turns with a pair of game runner-up finishes at 1 1/16 miles in the Norfolk S. (G1) and CashCall Futurity (G1).
As a 3-year-old, J P's Gusto was a troubled second behind Grade 1 winner Archarcharch in the Southwest S. (G3), and he turned back to sprinting in June to impressively win the $400,000 Red Legend S. by a decisive 6 ¾ lengths, stamping himself as one of the fastest 3-year-old sprinters in North America.
J P's Gusto was being pointed for the seven-furlong King's Bishop S. (G1) at Saratoga before sustaining a career-ending injury while training up to the race. He retires with an impressive record of five stakes wins from six starts at sprint distances, and owns three runner-up finishes in graded stakes around two turns. As a 2-year-old, J P's Gusto was weighted sixth highest on the 2010 Experimental Free Handicap at 120 lbs.
“J P's Gusto represents the quality we're always looking to get down here to Journeyman, so we're thrilled to have him,” said Brent Fernung. “He was a great 2-year-old and a top-class racehorse to the day he retired. On top of the ability, his pedigree makes him a natural for Florida. Successful Appeal was a fast Florida-bred and has turned out to be one of the top juvenile sires in the world.”
Owned and campaigned by Gem Inc., J P's Gusto hails from the multiple stakes-winning Caller I.D. mare Call Her Magic, who is a half-sister to the dam of champion Proud Spell.
A earner of $811,760 lifetime, J P's Gusto joins a current roster of 13 stallions at Journeyman Stud, which was the Sunshine State's leading stud farm in 2011 by mares bred. Stud fees for all Journeyman stallions will be released soon.
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