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King Guillermo Retired To Enter Stud In Argentina

King Guillermo wins the Tampa Bay Derby

King Guillermo, who made a presence on the 2020 Kentucky Derby trail, has been retired from racing and sold to enter stud at Haras La Providencia in Argentina for the upcoming Southern Hemisphere breeding season, the South American publication Turf Diario reports.

The 5-year-old son of Uncle Mo finished his on-track career with two wins in 11 starts for earnings of $364,850. He was trained by Juan Carlos Avila for the Victoria's Ranch operation of retired Major League Baseball all-star Victor Martinez.

King Guillermo broke his maiden as a juvenile in his second career start at Gulfstream Park West, then he finished third in the Pulpit Stakes in his debut against black type competition.

He earned his biggest victory in his next start, shipping from south Florida to Tampa Bay Downs for the Grade 2 Tampa Bay Derby. At odds of 49-1, he tracked close to the pace, and took command in the stretch to win by 4 3/4 lengths.

Now a threat on the Kentucky Derby trail, King Guillermo's next start came in the G1 Arkansas Derby, where he finished second to Nadal.

With ample qualifying points for the 2020 Kentucky Derby, King Guillermo trained up to the race, which was pushed back to September due to COVID-19. He drew into the field, but was scratched in the days leading up to the race due to a fever. He made his final start of his 3-year-old season in the G1 Cigar Mile Handicap, finishing fourth.

King Guillermo raced for two more seasons, competing primarily in graded stakes company, but he never hit the board again after the Arkansas Derby. His final career start came February, when he finished last of seven in the listed Pelican Stakes at Tampa Bay.

Bred in Kentucky by Carhue Investments, Grouseridge Ltd., and Marengo Investments, King Guillermo is out of the unplaced Dixieland Band mare Slow Sand, who was herself a homebred product of the vaunted Wertheimer & Frere breeding program.

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