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Loggins Retired, Stud Plans Pending

The son of Ghostzapper finished a neck behind Forte in the Breeders' Futurity (G1).

Loggins wins his racing debut by 8 1/2 lengths at Churchill Downs

Loggins wins his racing debut by 8 1/2 lengths at Churchill Downs

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Grade 1-placed winner Loggins , a 3-year-old son of Ghostzapper , has been retired, according to BSW/Crow Bloodstock.

Bred in Kentucky by Shirley and P.L. Blake's Pop-A-Top out of their homebred grade 3 winner Beyond Blame, Loggins was a standout at Fasig-Tipton's 2021 Saratoga Sale, its select yearling sale in New York. He was purchased for $460,000 for the Brad Cox Colts Group out of Denali Stud's consignment.

"When we bought Loggins in Saratoga, Brad Cox and I thought he was the best physical in the sale," said bloodstock agent Liz Crow. "We relooked at our list the evening before the sale and felt he was a must-have. He had athleticism, power, and was very mentally tough."

Loggins showed his competitiveness immediately, winning his debut Sept. 17 at Churchill Downs by 8 1/2 lengths and earning a 100 Equibase Speed Figure. He stopped the timer after running 6 1/2 furlongs in 1:15.87.

Trainer Brad Cox put the colt into graded stakes company in his next start, where he faced future 2-year-old champion colt Forte  in the Breeders' Futurity (G1) at Keeneland. Loggins captured the lead late down the backstretch and held it through the second turn. As he entered the stretch, Forte loomed on the outside to challenge, and they battled head and head, stride for stride to the wire with Loggins finishing a neck behind Forte. Both colts earned a 102 ESF for their performances.

"Loggins was a beautiful yearling. I was quickly drawn to him given the fact we had trained the mare," said Cox. "He was a precocious, fast 2-year-old that showed brilliance from day one. His race in the Breeders' Futurity may have been one of the most impressive races by a 2-year-old that season.

"We were looking forward to running him in the classics after that performance. Unfortunately, he had a setback he could not come back from," he continued. "He was cut out to be special."

Loggins was raced by Spendthrift Farm, Steve Landers Racing, Martin S. Schwartz, Michael Dubb, Ten Strike Racing, Jim Bakke, Titletown Racing Stables, Kueber Racing, Big Easy Racing, and Winners Win.

Beyond Blame, an 8-year-old daughter of Blame , won the Regret Stakes (G3T) on her way to earning $238,630. She is out of the Forest Wildcat winner and multiple stakes producer Quippery, who is a half sister to grade 2-placed, grade 3 winner Bellera and grade 3 winner Life Imitates Art. The immediate family produced multiple grade 1 winner and sire Street Boss and multiple grade 1 winner Jack Christopher .

Stud plans for Loggins are pending.