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Bullet Train stands stud at Crestwood Farm in Lexington, KY

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A few words about Bullet Train

As the three-quarter brother to undefeated European champion Frankel - widely regarded as one of the greatest runners of all time - Bullet Train will always be intrinsically linked to racing royalty. Late in his career Bullet Train's sole purpose was to set the stage so that greatness could materialize and it did. As Frankel's pacesetter, Bullet Train "did his job" while he saw his sibling retire undefeated in possibly the greatest racing career of all time.

Bullet Train stands at Crestwood Farm in Lexington, KY with designs on carving out his own course for great achievement as a stallion. Being a son of the immortal sire-of-sires Sadler's Wells, he has every right to become a very important sire in Kentucky. Sons of Sadler's Wells not only include the legendary El Prado but also the current #1 and #2 ranked stallions in the world, Galileo and Montjeu.

Although overshadowed a bit by his brilliant 3/4-brother Frankel, Bullet Train was not without his own merit on the track and carries with him a pedigree that is synonymous with industry success. Out of the Danehill mare Kind, the Juddmonte Farms’ homebred demonstrated precocity for trainer Sir Henry Cecil when he won his career debut at age 2 at Yarmouth by a head despite showing some greenness in the lane.

In his first try against group company two starts later, Bullet Train prevailed in the Group III Derby Trial at Lingfield, traveling well throughout under jockey Tom Queally and finishing strong to defeat Dubawi Phantom by two and a quarter lengths. The Lingfield triumph described by the track announcer as "...classy, very, very classy..." put Bullet Train on the board as one of the early favorites in the Epsom Derby. The bay colt would then spend the rest of his racing days facing some of Europe’s best including future Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe winner Workforce and eventual Dubai World Cup winner Monterosso. During his career, Bullet Train ultimately defeated 11 Group 1 performers.

Retired to stud following his outing in the Group I Champion Stakes at Ascot, Bullet Train arrives in North America at a time when turf runners in particular are enjoying much support from American breeders. Cape Blanco, the champion turf male of 2011 and himself a grandson of Sadler’s Wells, led all stallions in number of mares bred for the 2012 season.

While his dominance in Europe was legendary, Sadler’s Wells proved his bloodlines could flourish in United States breeding programs when his son, El Prado, was North America’s leading sire in 2002. Sadler’s Wells was also the champion broodmare sire in North
America for 2010.

Blessed with regal heritage, proven ability, correct conformation and standout looks, the ingredients are there for Bullet Train to make a name for himself in the stud book for years to come.

Bullet Train Pedigree

By SADLER'S WELLS (1981), Champion, $663,423. Sire of 23 crops. 2143
foals, 1680 starters, 291 black type winners, 1083 winners,
$140,179,134, including High Chaparral (IRE) (Champion 5 times,
$5,391,888), Montjeu (IRE) (Champion 5 times, $3,340,592), =Yeats (IRE)
(Champion 8 times, $2,457,213), Galileo (IRE) (Champion 4 times,
$2,250,614), Ballingarry (IRE) (Champion, $1,847,928), Powerscourt (GB)
(Champion, $1,816,614), Beat Hollow (GB) (Champion, $1,815,088), Northern
Spur (IRE) (Champion, $1,614,955), In the Wings (GB) (Champion, $1,595,267).

1st Dam
KIND (IRE), by Danehill. 6 wins at 3 and 4, in Eng, 67,934 GBP. Placed at
4, in Ire, 7,000 EUR. Won Flower Of Scotland (ENG), Kilvington S. (ENG).
3rd Ballyogan S. [G3] (IRE), Lansdown Fillies S. (ENG). (Total:
$132,389) Dam of 4 foals to race, 3 winners--
=FRANKEL (GB) (c, by Galileo (IRE)). At 2 Co-Champion 2yo Colt in Europe,
Co-highweight Colt. At 3 Champion 3yo Colt in Europe, Highweight Colt
at 3 . 14 wins, 2 to 4, 2012, in Eng, 2,998,302 GBP. Won Dewhurst S.
[G1] (ENG), Two Thousand Guineas S. [G1] (ENG), St. James's Palace S.
[G1] (ENG), Sussex S. [G1] (ENG), Queen Elizabeth 2nd S. [G1] (ENG),
Lockinge S. [G1] (ENG), Queen Anne S. [G1] (ENG), Sussex S. [G1]
(ENG), International S. [G1] (ENG), Champion S. [G1] (ENG), Royal
Lodge S. [G2] (ENG), Greenham S. [G3] (ENG). (Total: $4,788,744)
=BULLET TRAIN (GB) (c, by Sadler's Wells). Black type winner, see records.
=NOBLE MISSION (GB) (c, by Galileo (IRE)). 3 wins at 3, 2012, in Eng,
122,407 GBP. Won Gordon S. [G3] (ENG), Newmarket S. (ENG). 2nd King
Edward 7th S. [G2] (ENG), St. Simon S. [G3] (ENG), Fairway S.
(ENG). (Total: $193,765)

2nd Dam
RAINBOW LAKE (GB), by Rainbow Quest. 3 wins at 3, in Eng, 33,713 GBP. Won
Lancashire Oaks [G3] (ENG). (Total: $51,254) Dam of 10 foals to race,
7 winners--
POWERSCOURT (GB) (c, by Sadler's Wells). At 3 Co-hwt At 3 In Ire, 14f &
Up. Placed at 4, $270,000 in NA. Winner at 5, $600,000 in US. Won
Arlington Million S. [G1]. 3rd Breeders' Cup Turf [G1]. At 4 Sent
to Hong Kong, Sent to U.S.A.At 7 Sent to Chile. Winner at 3, in Eng,
250,949 GBP. Winner at 2, 3 and 4, in Ire, 356,986 EUR. Placed at 4,
in Ger, 36,000 EUR. Unplaced at 4, in Jpn. Unplaced at 5, in UAE.
Won Tattersalls Gold Cup [G1] (IRE), Great Voltigeur S. [G2] (ENG).
2nd Racing Post Trophy [G1] (ENG), Prince Of Wales's S. [G1] (ENG),
Gp Preis Bayerisches Zuchtrennen [G1] (GER), Scottish Derby [G2] (ENG).
3rd Irish St. Leger [G1] (IRE), Irish Champion S. [G1] (IRE). (Total:
$1,816,614) Sire.
=KIND (IRE) (f, by Danehill). Black type winner, see above.
=Last Train (GB) (c, by =Rail Link (GB)). Winner at 3, 2012, in Fr,
173,960 EUR. 2nd GP de Paris [G1] (FR). 3rd Pr Niel [G2] (FR).
(Total: $215,434)
=Westlake (GB) (c, by Sadler's Wells). 3 wins at 3, in Ire, 39,068 EUR.
(Total: $53,554)
=Brimming (GB) (c, by =Generous (IRE)). 3 wins at 3, in Eng, 23,683 GBP.
(Total: $39,252)
=Unaware (GB) (g, by Unfuwain). Winner at 2, in Eng, 8,765 GBP. Winner
at 8, in Fr, 4,000 EUR. (Total: $18,333)
=Arizona Jewel (GB) (f, by Dansili (GB)). Winner at 3, in Eng, 7,153 GBP.
(Total: $11,726)
=Marella (GB) (f, by Desert Prince (IRE)). At 5 Sent to France. Unplaced
at 3, in Eng. (Total: $0) Producer.

3rd Dam
Rockfest, by Stage Door Johnny. At 2 Sent to Great Britain. 2 wins at 2,
in Eng, $28,924. Unplaced at 3, in Fr. 2nd Esal
Bookmakers Oaks Trial S.-G3. 3rd Kingsclere S. (ENG). (Total: $28,924)
Dam of 9 foals to race, 5 winners--
=RAINBOW LAKE (GB) (f, by Rainbow Quest). Black type winner, see above.
=VERTEX (GB) (c, by =Shirley Heights (GB)). 2 wins at 3, in Eng, 8,150
GBP. Won Pr Ezio Vanoni (ITY). (Total: $13,647)
=Climber (IRE) (c, by =Bold Lad (IRE)). Unplaced at 3, in Eng. Unplaced
at 4 to 7, in Fr. 3rd Gp De Bruxelles (BEL). (Total: $0)
=Rock Falcon (IRE) (g, by Polar Falcon). 6 wins at 4 and 5, in Eng,
48,794 GBP. (Total: $79,905)
=Best Rock (IRE) (c, by Try My Best). Winner at 3, in Fr, $24,345.
(Total: $24,345)
=Rainfest (FR) (f, by Rainbow Quest). Winner at 3, in Eng, 4,930 GBP.
(Total: $7,611)
=Rock of Gold (GB) (f, by Rainbow Quest). Unraced. At 5 Sent to Italy.
Dam of 2 winners, including--
=Rock of Angels (IRE). 11 wins, 2 to 5, in Ity, 126,242 EUR. (Total:
$155,739) Producer.

4th Dam
ROCK GARDEN II, by =Roan Rocket (GB). Unraced. Half-sister to =GLEN STRAE
(GB), =Silly Talk. Dam of 7 foals to race, 2 winners--
Rockfest (f, by Stage Door Johnny). Black type placed winner, see above.
Aubretia (f, by Hatchet Man). At 2 Sent to France. Winner at 2, in Eng,
$4,578. Placed at 3, in Fr, $299. (Total: $4,877) Dam of 5 winners,
=Aupride (IRE) (g, by =Pips Pride (GB)). 11 wins, 2 to 5, in Ity,
170,019 EUR. 3rd Criterium Di Roma (ITY). (Total: $164,291)
Garden Swing (f, by Stage Door Johnny). Placed at 2, in Eng, $1,436.
(Total: $1,436) Dam of 6 winners, including--
PAPPAS SWING (g, by Darby Creek Road). 11 wins, 2 to 6, $308,027 in NA.
Won Hawthorne Derby [G3], John R. Macomber Handicap [L] (SUF,
$32,160), Timely Writer Handicap [L] (SUF, $32,220), Woodchopper
Handicap (FG, $13,950), Toronto Dominion Gold Cup Hcp. [N]. 2nd
Wheat City S. [N]. 3rd Elkhorn S. [G3], Kentahten S. [L] (CD,
$5,605). At 3 Cnr Suffolk Downs abt1m 70y 01:42.60 (T).
Motel Swing (f, by Bates Motel). 8 wins, 2 to 6, $212,196 in NA. 3rd
Misty Isle S. (AP, $4,897), Gowell S. (TP, $3,352). Dam of Ocean
Air (f, by Pleasant Colony. 3 wins at 3, $68,782 in NA. 3rd Shocker
T. Handicap [L] (CRC, $11,000), etc.)
Sovereign Swing (c, by Sovereign Dancer). Winner at 3, 4 and 5, $37,800
in NA. 3rd Kentuckiana S. (ELP, $2,200).
Rhapsodasical (f, by Stop the Music). Unraced. Dam of 5 winners, including--
Wesley Chapel Road (g, by Hunting Horn). 4 wins, 2 to 4, $46,791 in NA.
2nd Stardust S.-R (LAD, $8,700).
=Romodia (GB) (f, by Encino). Unraced. Dam of 1 winner.
=GOLD DUST (IND) (f, by =Reasonable (FR)). Won Pratap Stud Million
(IND). 2nd Kingfisher Indian 1000 Guineas (IND).
=Swift Foot (IND) (f, by =Indian Ridge (IRE)). 2nd Dr. S.C. Jain
Sprinters Gold Trophy (IND), Dr. S.C. Jain Sprinters Gold Trophy (IND).

Race Record: Winner in one start at 2, one win at 3 Derby Trial (G3). Earnings: $177,737.