Ivar wins the G1 Shadwell Turf Mile at Keeneland in 2020,
Ivar, a champion in Argentina and a Grade 1 winner in the U.S., has been retired from racing and will begin his stallion career at Haras Carampangue in Argentina, the South American publication Turf Diario reports.
A Brazilian-born 7-year-old son of Agnes Gold, Ivar retired with six wins in 16 starts for earnings of $1,586,303.
Ivar was named Argentina’s champion 2-year-old male of 2019, with Group 1 victories in the Gran Criterium and Estrellas Juvenile.
He was shipped to the U.S. the following year, and put in the barn of trainer Paulo Lobo for owners Bonne Chance Farm and Stud R D I. After a couple races in allowance optional claiming company, Ivar earned his first stakes placing with a third in the listed Tourist Mile Stakes at Kentucky Downs. He then picked up the biggest U.S. victory of his career when he closed hard to win the Grade 1 Shadwell Turf Mile Stakes at Keeneland. He returned to the same track a month later to finish fourth in the 2020 Breeders’ Cup Mile.
Future campaigns saw Ivar win the listed Jonathan B. Schuster Memorial Stakes at Horseshoe Indianapolis and earn a quartet of Grade 1 placings, including a third in the 2021 Breeders’ Cup Mile, and runner-up efforts in the Woodbine Mile Stakes, Coolmore Turf Mile Stakes, and this year’s Pegasus World Cup Invitational Turf Stakes, which would be his career finale.
Bred in Brazil by Stud Rio Dois Irmaos, Ivar is out of the Smart Strike mare May Be Now.
Ivar joins a stallion roster at Haras Carampangue that includes Grade 1 winners Suggestive Boy, Seek Again, and Grade 1-placed Forge.