GISW Played Hard Retired

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Rigney Racing's Played Hard (Into Mischief–Well Lived, by Tiznow), winner of the GI La Troienne S. in May, has been retired from racing, trainer Phil Bauer confirmed the news first reported in Blood-Horse Thursday.

“She had a summer that just nothing bounced her way,” Bauer said. “We took her to Saratoga and missed the Shuvee with illness. We planned on bringing her back to Churchill, but in her last breeze up there, she got an injury in her right hind ankle. So we had the discussion with Mr. [Richard] Rigney that she owed us nothing. It was something she could rehab from, but she's a Grade I-winning millionare, to skip a breeding season and try to bring her back, we didn't think she owed us that much. She's going to join [Rigney's] broodmare band and hopefully produce more like her.”

A $280,000 Keeneland September purchase, Played Hard was second in the 2021 GIII Comely S. and earned her first graded victory in the 2022 GIII Locust Grove S. She was third in last year's GI Juddmonte Spinster S. and ended the campaign with a win in the GIII Falls City S.

Played Hard gave Bauer his first top-level victory when winning the La Troienne at his hometown track in May and made her final start when third in the June 10 GI Ogden Phipps S.

“It is bittersweet,” Bauer said of the 5-year-old mare's retirement. “We had such high hopes for her to finish out the year, but we went to the farm to look at her the other day. They brought her out and it just brought back a lot of emotions and happiness. Hopefully we will find another one to repeat it.”

On the board in 14 of 16 starts, Played Hard won six times and earned $1,480,140.

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