Multiple grade 1 winner World of Trouble has been retired and will enter stud at Hill 'n' Dale Farms for the 2020 breeding season. He will stand for a fee of $15,000 stands and nurses.
A leader in the sprint division on both dirt and turf, the son of Kantharos captured both the Carter Handicap (G1) on dirt at Aqueduct Racetrack and the Jaipur Invitational Stakes (G1T) on the Belmont Park turf this year. He retires with a record of 9-2-1 from 13 starts with earnings of $1,263,300 for owners Michael Dubb, Madaket Stables, and Bethlehem Stables.
"He's the fastest horse I ever owned," said Dubb. "My jaw dropped every time he raced. He was such an easy horse, as he could run on anything. He won grade 1 races on both dirt and turf in New York this season, something that probably will not happen for me ever again. Since we couldn't make the Breeders' Cup due to a foot bruise, we decided it's best for him to start making babies."
World of Trouble broke his maiden by 14 lengths on the dirt in his 2-year-old debut and then competed exclusively in stakes races. This year at 4, he took his game to a new level, ending his career with five straight victories, including the aforementioned wins in the Carter over seven furlongs and Jaipur over six furlongs.
Known for his blazing speed and wire-to-wire tactics, World of Trouble won seven of his last eight starts, with his only defeat coming against older horses in the 2018 Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint (G1T) where he finished second by a neck. He ran 100+ Beyer Speed Figures in his last seven starts, which including a 118 in the Turf Sprint, the highest 3-year-old Beyer of the year.
"With his mind, temperament, disposition, and desire, I can't wait to breed to World of Trouble myself," said trainer Jason Servis. "He could run on anything, winning stakes on fast and sloppy dirt and firm and yielding turf. It didn't matter; he would throw down those fast fractions that would lead him to victory regardless of the surface, track, or competition."
The 4-year-old, who will stand alongside his sire at Hill 'n' Dale, is out of the Valid Expectations mare Meets Expectations, who is a half sister to Bucchero , a multiple grade 2 winner and black-type winner on dirt and turf (Kantharos). Meets Expectations also is the dam of black-type winner Money or Love (J Be K).
"World of Trouble was uniquely talented as a grade 1 winner on both dirt and turf," said Hill 'n' Dale president John Sikura. "As the most successful son of the rapidly rising Kantharos, we know breeders will love the horse. World of Trouble was a world-class racehorse with brilliant effortless speed."