Multiple graded stakes-winning sprinter ENGAGE has been retired to Northview Stallion Station in Chesapeake City, Md., for the 2022 season.
ENGAGE, a son of Champion sire Into Mischief, competed at the top level of sprint competition throughout his 19-start career, starting with trainer Chad Brown before being transferred to Steve Asmussen. He won graded stakes at 2 and 4, including Keeneland’s Grade 2 Stoll Keenon Ogden Phoenix, a Breeders’ Cup “Win and You’re In” event for the 2019 Breeders’ Cup Sprint while defeating a field that included eventual Eclipse Award-winning sprinter Whitmore and Grade 1 winners Lexitonian, Hog Creek Hustle and Promises Fulfilled.
“This horse is pure speed,” said Northview general manager David Wade.
“He is the first true sprinter we’ve retired to Northview in years.”
ENGAGE was one of his sire’s top juveniles in 2017 when winning two of three starts, topped by Belmont Park’s Grade 3 Futurity in which he drew off by 3 1/2 lengths going six furlongs. He finished first or second during a seven-race streak from 2 to 3 – his highlights at 3 were a win in 1:09 and change in Belmont Park’s six-furlong Gold Fever Stakes, and seconds in the Grade 3 Bay Shore at Aqueduct, Grade 2 Woody Stephens, and Grade 3 Amsterdam at Saratoga, the latter to Promises Fulfilled.
Off for nearly a year from 3 to 4, he returned that fall to win Parx’s Bensalem Stakes, the Phoenix, then made the trip to California for the Breeders’ Cup Sprint where he finished fourth behind stablemate Mitole. He retires with earnings of $802,780 and five wins, five seconds and two thirds in 19 starts.
ENGAGE represents the highly successful pedigree cross of Into Mischief, the top stallion in the U.S. the past three years who now stands for $250,000, with Speightstown mares, which to date has yielded five black-type winners from 14 starters, including Grade 1-winning sprinters Mia Mischief and Mischevious Alex, and Grade 1-placed Make Mischief. His dam, the stakes-placed Nefertiti, is out of Clearly a Queen who was a three-time graded winner of $504,532.
ENGAGE will stand for $5,000 live foal and is now at the farm and available for inspection. He will be showcased with the rest of the high-powered stallion lineup at an Open House on Dec. 11 from 11am till 2:30pm.