Happy Retirement, Belanso!

Last week, our favorite stallion, Belanso, was sent to the retirement pasture. He served us well, and a life of leisure and endless carrots is more than deserved. Belanso joined Denoux Stud in 2021 after we won him from The Grey Stable auction for a steal at $53,000. He has 22 foals due for 2027, and most recently had a 2yo stakes winner today!

ICh. Belanso

2010 Flea bitten grey (homozygous) Stallion; 15.1hh
Created x Created
Dirt specialist with most stakes wins between 7.5-10f

Race Record
57(45) - 14(12) - 13(10) - 9(6) - 5(4) || $4,697,000

Notable Achievements
WON: Rosehill Guineas (G1), Pimlico Special (G1), Santa Anita Handicap (G1), Jim Dandy Stakes (G2), UAE Derby (G2), Apollo Stakes (G2), Expressway Stakes (G2), Winterbottom Stakes (G2), Stars and Stripes Breeders’ Cup Turf (G3), Withers Stakes (G3), Sandown Stakes (G3)
PLACED: Doomben Stakes (G1), Doomben Stakes (G1), Stadbroke Handicap (G1), Suburban Handicap (G1), Peter Pan Stakes (G2), Linlithgow Stakes (G2), Liverpool City Cup (G3), Tokyo City Cup (G3)
SHOWED: Australian Derby (G1), Donn Handicap (G1), Futurity Stakes (G1), Dubai Golden Shaheen (G1), Lee Steere Stakes (G2), Newcastle Newmarket Handicap (G3)

Has speed records for 12f turf, and 10f dirt & turf

Notable Offspring
Silver (3.5)

  • Almost Paradise winner of Demoiselle Stakes (G2), 3rd in Maid of the Mist Stakes (Ugd)
  • Battle Section winner of Karrakatta Plate (G2), 2nd in Irish Derby (G1) and Saranac Stakes (G3), 3rd in C.S. Hayes Stakes
  • Belshazzar winner of Fort Marcy Handicap (G3)
  • Bortas winner of Pilgrim Stakes (Ugd), Winner of Donn Handicap (G1), Winner of Stephen Foster Handicap (G1), 2nd in Travers Stakes (G1), 2nd in Baldwin Stakes (G3), 3rd in Appleton Handicap (G3)
  • Brussard Collector winner of Miss Preakness Stakes (G2)
  • Cellular Peptide winner of Sham Stakes (Ugd)
  • Deep Space Nine winner of Flag Down Stakes (Ugd)
  • Eisilium winner of Golden Slipper Stakes (G1), Winner of WA Guineas (G2), Winner of Sannon’s Stakes (G2), 2nd in Caulfield Prelude (G3)
  • Glitterish winner of Schuylerville (G2)
  • Grish winner of Sandown Classic (G2), 2nd in The Metropolitan (G1)
  • Iberis winner of Schuylerville (G2), 3rd in Adirondack Stakes (G2)
  • Kyoko winner of 2023 Ballston Spa Breeders’ Cup (G3), 2024 Ballston Spa Breeders’ Cup (G3), 2nd in Flag Down Stakes (Ugd), 3rd in Coolmore Classic (G1) and October Stakes (G3)
  • Lal winner of Solana Beach Handicap (Ugd)
  • Lamenda Prime winner of Mackinnon Stakes (G1), 2nd in Caulfield Stakes (G1), 3rd in Beldame Stakes (G1)
  • Lerishi Four winner of Davona Dale Stakes (G2) and San Luis Rey Handicap (G2)
  • Little Island winner of Pillar Steeplechase (G2)
    Magda Searus winner of Gallant Bloom Stakes (G2)
  • Personal Space winner of Spinaway Stakes (G1), 2nd in Schuylerville (G2) and Matron Stakes (G1)
    Salish winner of Black Tie Affair Handicap (Ugd)
  • Sea Sprite winner of Tempted Stakes (G3)
  • Shenanigan winner of Primonetta Stakes (Ugd) and Stephen Foster (G1) 3rd in Broadway Handicap (Ugd) and Godolphin Mile (G2)
  • Tavana winner of Silverton Stakes (G3) and Ebor Handicap (Ugd), 2nd in Townsend Mischief Stakes (G2), 3rd in Breeders’ Cup SC Distaff Endurance (G1) and Royal Gloucestershire (G2).
  • Toxic winner of Sham Stakes (Ugd), 2nd in Dwyer Stakes (G2), 3rd in Jerome Stakes (G2)
  • Vervain winner of Cheveley Park Stakes (G1) and Marco Polo Stakes (G3), 3rd in Matron Stakes (G1) and Shuvee Handicap (G2)
  • White Dwarf winner of Coaching Club American Oaks (G1)
  • Zagazig winner of Riva Ridge Breeders’ Cup (G2) and Memsie Stakes (G2), 2nd in Louisville Breeders’ Cup (G2) and Jerome Stakes (G2)

We are crossing our fingers for his son, Bacardi, who is out of the great Platinum-ranked mare, Bold Wench, who has produced two stud qualified sons, NCh. Beratis (Spock) and GCh. High South (Silver Wizard).


Really sad to see him go; he was a personal favorite (and one of the few created stallions at stud). In addition to Iberis mentioned in your list, we own 3 2yos (2 winners), 3 yearlings, and 2 weanlings.

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Really hate seeing him retire. We bread to him often, at least he has left an amazing Legacy.

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Wishing him the best of retirements with all the carrots and mints !

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Sorry to see him go. He was a solid stallion. I still own many of his offspring, the most notable of which being Kyoko. She had her first foal, a filly by Powerful Soul, this year. She is currently in foal to Tense Imagination. Hoping she carries the legacy on well through her foals.

Sadly, we lost Belanso last night. We’re still holding out hope for a qualified son! We have a few prospects, and his youngest crop are yearlings this year.


Sad to lose him! He was a nice, solid stud.