Racing retirement plans have been completed for Spend a Buck, the Kentucky Derby winner now being readied for a return to action in his favorite state, New Jersey.
When Spend a Buck is through racing he will stand at stud at William S. Farish's Lane's End Farm in Versailles, Ky. An interest in the 3-year-old colt was sold to Farish for an undisclosed amount by Dennis and Linda Diaz, who purchased the son of Buckaroo as a yearling for $12,500.
"An assessment will be made at the end of this year as to whether or not Spend a Buck will race next year," said his trainer, Cam Gambolati. As long as he races, it will be in the colors of the Diazes' Hunter Farm.
The first start for the colt since winning the Jersey Derby May 27 and collecting a $2 million bonus from Garden State Park, increasing his earnings to $3,998,502 in 13 career starts, is expected to be the 1 1/8-mile Amory L. Haskell Invitational July 27 at Monmouth Park.
After that, Gambolati said, "We're going to Saratoga (August meeting), but I can't tell you what we'll run in."
Gambolati indicated that plans do not include a match race with Mom's Command, who has just swept New York's triple crown for 3-year-old fillies. Peter Fuller, owner of Mom's Command's, has spoken of a $5 million match race.
"The only guy talking about it is Peter Fuller," Gambolati said. "Who's putting up the money?"