Rock Your World wins the Grade 1 Santa Anita Derby on April 3, 2021. © Benoit Photo

Grade 1 Winner Rock Your World Retired to Spendthrift Farm

Edited Press Release

Rock Your World, winner of this year’s Santa Anita Derby (G1), has been retired from racing and will stand the 2022 breeding season at Spendthrift Farm for an advertised fee of $10,000 S&N.

Rock Your World will participate in Spendthrift’s “Share The Upside” breeding program in 2022 for a fee of $12,500 for a two-year commitment. Breeders must breed a mare in 2022 & 2023 and have two foals total. After the breeder has the second live foal in 2024 and pays the stud fee, he or she will earn a lifetime breeding right.

Trained by John Sadler, Rock Your World won on debut on New Year’s Day going six furlongs before stretching out around two turns to win the one-mile Pasadena Stakes in his second start – both coming over the Santa Anita turf course. In his third start in April, the imposing son of Candy Ride (ARG) asserted himself as a top contender for the Kentucky Derby (G1) with a powerhouse 4 ¼-length victory over eventual first-place finisher Medina Spirit in the $750,000 Santa Anita Derby in his first start on the dirt. 

Rock Your World stopped the clock in 1:49.17 for 1 1/8 miles, earning a 100 Beyer – the only triple-digit Beyer earned before the Kentucky Derby among this year’s field.

“Rock Your World is a fast Santa Anita Derby winner with a wonderful blend of looks, pedigree and sire power,” said Ned Toffey, Spendthrift general manager. “He’s a $650,000 yearling and you can see why. He’s one imposing individual and as good-looking of a Candy Ride as you’ll find. Rock Your World possesses a true classic dirt pedigree, with Empire Maker and Giant’s Causeway as his first two broodmare sires. We believe there’s a lot to like, especially through our Share The Upside program.”

Owned by Hronis Racing and Talla Racing, Rock Your World won three of seven career starts and retires with earnings of $612,100. A $650,000 yearling purchase, he is out of the multiple stakes-winning Empire Maker mare Charm the Maker. His first three dams are all multiple stakes winners or graded stakes winners.