Fan favorite Juba has been retired from racing and will enter stud at Taylor Mountain Farm in Charles Town, West Virginia for the 2017 season.
The popular son of leading sire Tapit retires with three wins and earnings in excess of $175,000. After an injury derailed his sophomore season, Juba’s good looks, captivating personality, and a fan-created, Centennial-endorsed twitter account surprisingly launched him in to the public eye. He returned to the races with aplomb at four, demonstrating bristling speed and considerable grit. Juba put in his best performance at five – a tour de force victory in a stacked 7 furlong, third level allowance at Belmont Park, winning by better than six lengths.
Taylor Mountain Farm is a well known family farm operated by generations of Mid-Atlantic horsemen. Patriarch James W. Casey, who founded the farm with his late wife, Eleanor, is widely known as the trainer of Russell Road, one of the most successful West Virginia-breds of all time. Juba joins graded stakes winners Denis of Cork, Luftikus, and Windsor Castle on the Taylor Mountain Farm roster. All three, along with their late Charitable Man, rank among the top eleven leading general sires in West Virigina. Juba is the first son of Tapit to enter stud in the Mountain State.
Taylor Mountain Farm will announce a stud fee at a later date. Visitors are available by appointment only or via pre-announced area tours.