Multiple Grade 3 winner and Grade 1-placed Fulsome, a millionaire son of perennial leading sire Into Mischief from a deep Juddmonte female family replete with black type, has been retired and will stand the 2024 breeding season at Gary Broad’s Walmac Farm in partnership with Matt Bowling of Bowling Bloodstock, the farm announced today. A stud fee will be announced at a later date.
A Juddmonte Farms homebred trained by Brad Cox, Fulsome broke his maiden in his first start at three in January and proceeded to win three of his next four outings—and five overall as a sophomore—including the $300,000 Smarty Jones S. (G3) at PARX and the $150,000 Matt Winn S. (G3) at Churchill Downs. Restrained at the back of the pack early in the Smarty Jones S., Fulsome roared past rivals on the far turn of the 1 1/16-mile test and won convincingly by two lengths. In the Matt Winn, also contested at 1 1/16 miles, Fulsome uncorked a serious rally in the stretch to score with authority by 3 ¾ lengths in the fast time of 1:42.88.
Fulsome secured the most lucrative victory of his career in the $400,000 Oaklawn Mile S. (G3) at Oaklawn Park as a four-year-old in 2022. In tight after the start of the one-mile fixture, Fulsome commenced a strong move into the far turn, circling five-wide turning for home. He engaged the pacesetters at the furlong maker and wore them down in the stretch to record a determined win over multiple graded stakes winner Cezanne.
In that year’s $200,000 West Virginia Governor’s S. (G3) at Mountaineer, Fulsome closed resolutely in the lane and drew clear late to win by 1 ¼ lengths as the prohibitive favorite in a field of eight. He brought the curtain down on his 2022 campaign with a runner-up effort to subsequent Grade 1 winner West Will Power in the Fayette S. (G2) at Keeneland, and then finished third to Proxy and West Will Power in the $1 million Clark S. (G1) at Churchill Downs. All told, Fulsome retires with a record of 17-8-2-2, having amassed earnings of $1,244,553.
By Into Mischief, four-time reigning Champion General Sire, Fulsome is out of the winning Distorted Humor mare Flourish. He is a half-brother to graded stakes-placed Mr Darcy and a full brother to multiple stakes-placed Citrus Burst. He descends from a prolific Juddmonte family, which includes multiple Grade 1 winners Sightseek, an earner of $2,445,216, and Tates Creek, who banked $1,471,674. This is also the family of Breeders’ Cup Mile (G1) winner Expert Eye (GB), as well as Dubai World Cup (G1) winner Country Grammer, the third-highest North American earner in history with a bankroll of $14,921,320.