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Nov 23, 2011

J P's Gusto retired to Florida


Ocala, FL (Sports Network) - Multiple stakes winner J P's Gusto has been retired from racing and will enter stud service at Journeyman Stud beginning in 2012. Journeyman Stud is owned by Brent and Crystal Fernung.

"J P's Gusto represents the quality we're always looking to get down here to Journeyman, so we're thrilled to have him," said Brent Fernung. "He was a great two-year-old and a top-class racehorse to the day he retired. On top of the ability, his pedigree makes him a natural for Florida. Successful Appeal was a fast Florida-bred and has turned out to be one of the top juvenile sires in the world."

Trained by Michael Hushion for Gem Inc., J P's Gusto netted five wins in 12 career starts for $811,760. His two-year-old campaign was his most productive with four wins in eight starts for $527,360.

In his second start in 2010 the colt won the Willard L. Proctor Memorial at Hollywood Park for his maiden victory. He then posted wins in the Hollywood Juvenile Championship, Best Pal and Del Mar Futurity.

J P's Gusto closed his two-year-old season with a second in the Norfolk Stakes and CashCall Futurity. Sandwiched between those two starts was a sixth-place finish to Uncle Mo in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile.

Based at Oaklawn Park for the run up to the Kentucky Derby, J P's Gusto was second behind Archarcharch in the Southwest Stakes and seventh as the 7-2 third pick in the Rebel behind The Factor. As a 33-1 longshot in the Arkansas Derby he was eighth to Archarcharch after setting the early pace. His last start was a winning one in the Red Legend Stakes at Charles Town.

J P's Gusto suffered an injury during training for the King's Bishop Stakes this August at Saratoga.

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