PACING sensation Lazarus will not race in Australasia again.
The five-year-old will finish his career in the northern hemisphere after being sold to American interest in what is believed to be a record deal.
Expected to have a limited US racing career, Lazarus is scheduled to leave New Zealand at the end of the month.
A trainer for the reigning Inter Dominion champion is yet to be confirmed, with the purchased based mainly around Lazarus’ potential stallion career.
As such, he will have a handful of starts, including two races at the Red Mile in October.
There is a chance his new connections will also pay a late fee to make Lazarus eligible for the Breeders’ Crown at Pocono.
One of the most electrifying pacers produced in modern times, the Mark Purdon and Natalie Rasmussen-trained superstar won 35 of his 45 starts, with nine placings also to his credit.
With earnings of $3,663,438, the son of Bettors Delight is third richest Australasian standardbred and the richest stallion.
Along with the Inter Dominion, Lazarus’ victories include two New Zealand Cups, Hunter and Victoria Cups, Chariots Of Fire, Victoria, New Zealand and Great Northern Derbys, New Zealand Messenger and Taylor Mile.