Grade 1 winner Pinehurst to stand at Walmac in 2023

Pinehurst, winner of the 2021 Del Mar Futurity (G1) and a millionaire son of Twirling Candy, will stand the 2023 breeding season at Gary Broad’s Walmac Farm after being acquired in partnership with Kiki and Louise Courtelis’ Town and Country Farms in a Fasig-Tipton Digital ‘Flash Sale’ offering that closed on Tuesday, Nov. 22. A stud fee will be announced at a later date.

After winning a Del Mar maiden special weight in his career debut at two in 2020, defeating next-out stakes winner Enbarr and subsequent Graded stakes winner Cabo Spirit, Pinehurst made short work of his rivals in the $300,000 Del Mar Futurity (G1) to remain unbeaten in his first two appearances. With Mike Smith aboard for trainer Bob Baffert, Pinehurst took control of the seven-furlong affair soon after the start. He cleared rivals at the five-sixteenths pole and padded the margin at will through the lane to score by a convincing 4 ½ lengths at the finish, defeating future stakes winner Finneus and multiple Grade 1-placed Pappacap.

Campaigned by SF Racing, Starlight Racing, Madaket Stables, Robert Masterson, Stonestreet Stables, Jay Schoenfarber, Waves Edge Capital, Catherine Donovan, Golconda Stable, and Siena Farm, Pinehurst scored his most lucrative victory far from home, taking down top prize in the $1.5 million Saudi Derby (G3) at King Abdulaziz Racecourse in Saudi Arabia in his second start at three.

Ridden in the one-mile Saudi Derby by Flavien Prat, Pinehurst utilized his early speed to register a front-running victory over an international field, earning a 5 Thoro-Graph number and adding the $900,000 winner’s share of the purse to his coffers. In addition to his impressive stakes victories, Pinehurst finished second to the highly-regarded Forbidden Kingdom in the $200,000 San Vicente S. (G2) at Santa Anita in his 3-year-old bow and concluded his juvenile season in the $2,000,000 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (G1). All told, Pinehurst retires sound with earnings of $1,213,500, having finished first or second in four of his seven starts.

A $385,000 acquisition by Starlight/Madaket Stables at the 2020 Keeneland September Sale, Pinehurst was bred in Kentucky by Fred Hertrich III and John Fielding and initially sold as a weanling at the 2019 Keeneland November Sale for $180,000.

Bred on a similar cross to standout stallion Gun Runner, Pinehurst is by Twirling Candy, a son of the influential Candy Ride (ARG) and the sire of seven Grade 1 winners and four millionaires. Pinehurst is produced from the Giant’s Causeway mare Giant Win, a full sister to Grade 3 winner First Passage who is the dam of multiple stakes winner Berned and multiple Graded stakes-placed First to Act. He is a half-brother to multiple stakes-placed Let’s Go Big Blue and hails from the deep and accomplished female family of Grade 1 winners Harmony Lodge and Magnum Moon, multiple Graded stakes-winning millionaire Graeme Hall, and We the People, winner of this year’s Peter Pan S. (G3).

For more information on Pinehurst, contact Walmac at (859) 554-5151 or email,