GISW Slow Down Andy Retired from Racing

Last fall's GI Awesome Again S. winner Slow Down Andy (Nyquist--Edwina E, by Square Eddie) has reportedly suffered a sesamoid injury and has been retired from racing, according to a report in Daily Racing Form. The announcement was attributed to trainer Doug O'Neill, who also said the 5-year-old could possibly stand at stud this year. A homebred for Paul and Zillah Reddam's Reddam Racing LLC, Slow Down Andy defeated Defunded (Dialed In) and Senor Buscador (Mineshaft)--both set to contest the $20-million G1 Saudi Cup on Saturday--in the Awesome Again but...

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Millionaire C Z Rocket Retired

C Z Rocket (City Zip-Successful Rocket, by Successful Appeal) has been retired from racing, according to trainer Peter Miller. The 10-year-old was last seen finishing sixth at Oaklawn Monday. An $800,000 OBS juvenile purchase by Arkansas businessman Frank Fletcher, C Z Rocket had lost 11 consecutive starts when he moved to Miller's barn in April of 2020 after he was claimed on behalf of Tom Kagele for $40,000 at Oaklawn. For his new connections, which subsequently included Altamira Racing and Madaket Stables, the Florida bred won 13 races, finished second...

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South African Star Charles Dickens Retires To Drakenstein Stud

South African wunderkind Charles Dickens (SAf) (Trippi--Demanding Lady (SAf), by Dynasty {SAf}) has been retired to Drakenstein Stud in South Africa, according to published reports. Bred and raced by Drakenstein, the 4-year-old won 10 of his 13 starts and was placed in his other three for total earnings of R5,119,813 (£211,799/€247,085/$268,544). An undefeated stakes winner at two, the chestnut went six-for-eight at three with a score in the G1 Cape Guineas, followed by runner-up efforts in the G1 L'Ormarins King's Plate and G1 Cape Derby. Back in the winner's enclosure...

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Sunday Racing's Songline And Schnell Meister Retired

Triple Group 1 winner Songline (Jpn) (Kizuna {Jpn}--Luminous Parade {Jpn}, by Symboli Kris S), and Group 1 winner Schnell Meister (Ger) (Kingman {GB}--Serienholde {Ger}, by Soldier Hollow {GB}) have both been retired, Sunday Racing announced on Wednesday. A Northern Farm-bred, the Toru Hayashi trainee won once in two starts at two, and added the Listed Kobai S. in January of her 3-year-old year. She was only a nose behind Schnell Meister in the G1 NHK Mile Cup in 2021, placed in the G3 Sekiya Kinen, and claimed the G2 Fuji...

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TAA Hosts Second Annual Holiday Giving Campaign

The Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance will host its second annual Holiday Giving Campaign beginning Nov. 28 and running through Dec. 31. The 2023 campaign, designed to increase awareness for accredited Thoroughbred aftercare and to raise funds for the accredited organizations responsible for ensuring a quality life for equine athletes after their racing careers, is set to follow the success of last year's inaugural campaign which raised over $180,000. "Our Thoroughbred horses provide us with so much, and each donation to the campaign goes a long way in supporting a network of...

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Clairiere and Pauline's Pearl Retired to Stonestreet

Stonestreet homebreds and Grade I winners Clairiere (m, 5, Curlin-Cavorting, by Bernardini) and Pauline's Pearl (m, 5, Tapit-Hot Dixie Chick, by Dixie Union) have been retired, the Central Kentucky farm said on X Wednesday. Both were trained by Steve Asmussen for their four years on the racetrack and have returned to their birthplace. Clairiere captured four Grade I events throughout her career, including back-to-back editions of the GI Ogden Phipps S. in 2022-23. Last seen finishing fourth in Saturday's GI Longines Breeders' Cup Distaff, she retires with a record of...

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Respiratory Infection Knocks Paddington Out Of Breeders' Cup Mile; Retired To Coolmore For 2024

The high-class miler Paddington (GB) (Siyouni {Fr}--Modern Eagle {Ger}, by Montjeu {Ire}), bound for Santa Anita's GI Breeders' Cup Mile, has instead been retired directly to Coolmore Stud for the 2024 breeding season due to an elevated temperature and a respiratory infection, the stud announced on Friday. A fee for the Aidan O'Brien trainee will be revealed later. Bred by Dayton Investments, Ltd., the four-time Group 1 winner won his second start as a juvenile, and then proceeded to take his first six races at three, including the top-level Irish...

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Derby Second Mojo Star To Whytemount Stud In 2024

Amo Racing's G1 Derby second Mojo Star (Ire) (Sea The Stars {Ire}--Galley (GB), by Zamindar) will stand at Whytemount Stud in Ireland next season. Also second in the G1 St Leger and G1 Gold Cup, the 5-year-old's fee will be announced later. The news was first reported by the Racing Post. Bred by Barbara Prendergast, the bay was a 130,000gns foal at Tattersalls December in 2018, prior to being knocked down for 220,000gns as a Tattersalls October Book 1 yearling. Raced by Amo and trainer Richard Hannon, Mojo Star won...

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Dr. Stowe Burke, DVM Joins TRF Board Of Directors

The Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation has appointed Dr. Stowe Burke, DVM, a Saratoga Springs native, to its Board of Directors. "I am deeply honored to join the Board of Directors at TRF," said Dr. Stowe Burke. "My lifelong passion for horses has guided my career path and I am thrilled to contribute to an organization that shares my dedication to the welfare of these magnificent animals." TRF Executive Director Kelly Armer expressed her excitement at Dr. Burke's appointment: "Dr. Stowe's exceptional background and commitment to equine care make him a valuable...

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Classic Winner And Arc Runner-Up Vadeni Retired To Stud

Prix du Jockey Club winner and Arc runner-up Vadeni (Fr), who also landed the Eclipse S. at Sandown in a spellbinding 3-year-old campaign, has been retired.  The highest rated son of Churchill (Ire) won five times for Jean-Claude Rouget and carried the colours of the Aga Khan. He will join the stallion ranks at Haras de Bonneval, where he will stand alongside Siyouni (Fr), Zarak (Fr) and Dariyan (Fr). No fee has been decided on yet.  Georges Rimaud, manager for the Aga Khan Studs in France, commented, "We are delighted...

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GISW and BC Runner-Up Smooth Like Strait to War Horse Place

Grade I winner Smooth Like Straight (Midnight Lute--Smooth as Usual, by Flower Alley), retired sound from racing in March, will stand in 2024 at War Horse Place near Lexington, where his fee will be $3,500 live foal. Blood-Horse was the first with the story. A Cannon Thoroughbreds, LLC homebred trained by Michael McCarthy, Smooth Like Strait campaigned for five seasons and won five graded events, including the 2021 GI Shoemaker Mile S, the 2020 GII Twilight Derby, and the 2020 GII Mathis Brothers Mile S. He was also runner-up to...

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MGISW Modern Games Retired

MGISW Modern Games (Ire) (Dubawi {Ire}--Modern Ideals {GB}, by New Approach {Ire}), a winner at the Group 1/Grade I level at two, three and four, has been retired from racing. Stud plans for Modern Games will be announced at a later date. A half-brother to 2023 Classic heroine Mawj (Ire), the Godolphin homebred won four of six starts at two, including the G3 Tattersalls S. at Newmarket and the GI Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf at Del Mar. At three, he added victories in the G1 Poule d'Essai des Poulains at...

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