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Leading Canadian Sires Milwaukee Brew & Sligo Bay Retired

10.02.2019 -

Adena Springs has announced the retirement of Grade 1 winners Milwaukee Brew and Sligo Bay who had previously stood at Adena Springs North in Ontario, Canada. Both have been relocated to Kentucky.

Adena Springs' Ken Wilkins said a combination of the sires' ages—Milwaukee Brew is 22 and Sligo Bay is 21—and a shrinking mare population made their retirements necessary.

"It was a combination of age and demand, with the market in Canada shrinking like it is here. It didn't make sense to keep going with them. They both have done enough," Wilkins said.

Milwaukee Brew, a son of Wild Again, capped his achievements on the track with consecutive victories in the 2002 and 2003 Santa Anita Handicap (G1). He retired with an 8-4-5 record out of 24 starts and earned $2,879,612.

As a stallion, Milwaukee Brew was a 2-time Champion Sire in Canada. He has sired 24 black-type winners, which include three graded stakes winners and five champions. His top runners include Canadian champion 3-year-old filly Milwaukee Appeal, who won the Woodbine Oaks Presented by Budweiser and was runner-up in the Canadian classic Prince of Wales Stakes; Canadian champion 3-year-old filly Ginger Brew, another Woodbine Oaks winner and runner-up in the 2008 Queen's Plate; and 2014 Prince of Wales winner and Panamanian champion Coltimus Prime , who is entering stud next year at Beau Valley Stable in Alberta. 

Sligo Bay, a son of Sadler's Wells, earned grade 1 status in the 2002 Hollywood Turf Cup Stakes (G1T). His performances in France, Ireland, and the U.S. produced a 4-6-2 record out of 17 starts and earnings of $484,695. 

As a stallion, Sligo Bay has sired 13 black-type winners, including six graded stakes winners and three champions. His best performer by far was four-time Canadian champion Lexie Lou, who swept the Queen's Plate, Woodbine Oaks, and Wonder Where Stakes and was runner-up to California Chrome  in the Hollywood Derby (G1T) on her way to capturing Canada's Horse of the Year, champion grass 3-year-old filly, and champion grass mare honors in 2014. Lexie Lou earned a Canadian champion grass mare title again in 2016.

Adena Spring also announced the retirement of 1998 Breeders' Cup Classic hero and leading sire Awesome Again.

- edited from www.bloodhorse.com 

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