Hez Our Secret Retires to Stud

Champion to stand at Four Sixes Ranch.

Q-Racing Journal

Hez Our Secret. PHOTO: Scott Martinez

Hez Our Secret has been retired and arrived on Tuesday morning for stud duty at the Four Sixes Ranch at Guthrie, Texas.

“If he can produce like he ran, he’ll make an awfully good sire,” said owner Johnny Trotter, the AQHA First Vice President who ranches near Hereford, Texas. “There aren’t many horses that earned nearly $900,000 while running in 10 Grade 1 races.”

The champion 3-year-old colt in 2012, Hez Our Secret earned $880,426 while winning six of 20 career races – 18 of which were futurity and derby trials, finals and other stakes. Trained by Blane Wood and his son, Trey, during his career on the track, Hez Our Secret in his championship year ran second to champion and all-time leading earner Ochoa in the All American Derby (G1) and also finished second in the Los Alamitos Super Derby (G1), won a division of the Z. Wayne Griffin Director’s Stakes and then was fourth in champion Rylees Boy’s Champion of Champions (G1).

In 2013, Hez Our Secret received a berth to his second Champion of Champions via his second-place finish in the Z. Wayne Griffin Directors’ Stakes. Hez Our Secret also finished second to champion Ochoa in the Robert L. Boniface Los Alamitos Invitational Championship (G1) and third to Rylees Boy in the Los Alamitos Winter Championship (G1) earlier this season. The stallion ran in Last To Fire’s Champion of Champions and Go Man Go Handicap (G1) and finished his career on December 29 in Feature Mr Bojangles’ Championship at Sunland Park (G1).

As a freshman, Hez Our Secret qualified to the Rainbow Futurity (G1) and lit the board in the Los Alamitos Two Million Futurity (G1).

Bred by Vessels Stallion Farm, Hez Our Secret is a 4-year-old son of First Down Dash out of the stakes-placed Separatist mare Secret Separation, who is the dam of nine starters, all winners, including the stakes-winning One Famous Eagle gelding Secretly Famous. Secret Separation is one of nine winners from 13 starters and the earners of more than $1.7 million out of the graded stakes-winning mare Dicey Secret ($203,666), who is the dam of First Down Dash’s All American Futurity (G1) winner No Secrets Here.

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