Dr. Schivel, a Grade 1 winner at two and three, will retire to Taylor Made Stallions after the $2 million Breeders’ Cup Sprint (G1), the farm announced today. The millionaire son of Violence—first or second in nine of 14 lifetime starts—ranks among the top sprinters in the country and is a leading contender for the Breeders’ Cup Sprint. A stud fee will be announced following the Breeders’ Cup.
“We are very excited for the opportunity to stand Dr. Schivel in partnership with Tim Cohen, Dean Reeves, and Bill Branch,” said Taylor Made’s Travis White. “It’s very special to have a horse that was talented and precocious enough to win a Grade 1 at two and then come back to win another Grade 1 as a 3-year-old beating older horses. Dr. Schivel, who has defeated 13 Grade 1 winners in his career, has been a sound, extremely consistent horse and his Breeders’ Cup Sprint as a 3-year-old was a remarkable performance. He has remained in Grade 1 form throughout his racing career, and Mark Glatt said Dr. Schivel has been all class from day one. He is a big, good-looking son of Violence and breeders will really like what they see.”
Campaigned by Red Baron’s Barn, Rancho Temescal, Reeves Thoroughbred Racing, and William A. Branch, and trained by Mark Glatt, Dr. Schivel is a two-time Grade 1 stakes winner and earner of $1,327,100. Dr. Schivel burst onto the scene as a two-year-old. After a romping 5 ¾-length victory in a maiden special weight at Del Mar, Dr. Schivel captured the $250,000 Del Mar Futurity (G1) in effortless fashion a month later.
At three in 2021, Dr. Schivel stamped himself as a leading sprinter with a tenacious victory against older horses in the Bing Crosby S. (G1) at Del Mar, defeating Grade 1 winner Eight Rings, as well as multiple graded stakes winners C Z Rocket, Law Abidin Citizen, and Brickyard Ride.
In a sensational effort in that year’s $2,000,000 Breeders’ Cup Sprint (G1) at Del Mar as a 3-year-old, Dr. Schivel finished second in a photo finish after contesting a hot pace in the early going, taking over in the stretch, just getting nailed right on the wire. He lost in the closest of photo finishes in a final time of 1:08.49, finishing ahead of 2021 Champion Male Sprinter and multiple Grade 1 winner Jackie’s Warrior.
In addition to his Grade 1 successes, Dr. Schivel is a two-time winner of the Santa Anita Sprint Championship S. (G2). He landed the 2021 edition by a clear 3 ¼ lengths. In this year’s renewal on Sept. 30, Dr. Schivel defeated graded stakes winner Speed Boat Beach and Grade 1 winner Arabian Lion in another strong effort, blitzing six furlongs in 1:08.49. Dr. Schivel kicked off this year’s campaign with a wire-to-wire allowance score at six furlongs at Santa Anita where he earned a 105 Beyer—one of four 100-plus Beyers in his career—in winning in hand by 4 ¼ lengths.
Dr. Schivel is the second-highest earner for his sire Violence, a Top 10 General Sire in 2023. In addition to Dr. Schivel, Violence is also represented by the reigning Champion 2-Year-Old Male Forte, a four-time Grade 1 winner. Violence is also the sire of Grade 1 winner Volatile. The latter’s yearlings are proving to be a commercial success in the auction ring this year, with yearlings selling for up to $1,150,000 and $700,000 at the Keeneland September Sale. With a current yearling average of $134,973, Volatile has the third-highest yearling of all first-crop sires.
Bred in Kentucky by William A. Branch and Arnold R. Hill and produced from Lil Nugget—a half-sister to multiple Grade 1 winner and millionaire Ultra Blend—Dr. Schivel’s first two dams are both Grade 1 producers.
For more information about Dr. Schivel, contact Travis White at (859) 396-3508, or Brock Martin at (270) 498-3722, or visit www.taylormadestallions.com.