Cape Blanco: won five times at Group 1 level and earned over £2 millionPICTURE: Arlington Park/Fourfootedfotos
Cape Blanco retired to
stud following injury
CAPE BLANCO has been retired to stud after sustaining a slab fracture to a knee whenwinning the Grade 1 Joe Hirsch Turf Classic at Belmont Park on Saturday.
Winner of the Irish Derby last season, Cape Blanco was winning for the third successive time in the US at the weekend and had been among the leading fancies for the Breeders' Cup Turf at Churchill Downs next month.
Annemarie O'Brien, wife of Cape Blanco's trainer Aidan O'Brien, revealed the news on Twitter on Monday.
In a statement released later, Aidan O'Brien said: "Cape Blanco is an extremely talented and courageous horse with a tremendous attitude to his racing so we will all be very sad to see him leave Ballydoyle.
"The fact that he never once changed leads in the home straight in spite of his injury just goes to prove what a brave horse he is."
Aidan O'Brien: "It is very
disappointing for all the partners"
He added: "It is very disappointing for all the partners especially the Hays as we were very much looking forward to the Breeders' Cup."
A son of Galileo, Cape Blanco scored five times at Group 1 level with successes in the Irish Champion Stakes, Arlington Million and Man O'War Stakes alongside his Classic win and latest victory.
He also claimed victories in the Group 2 Futurity Stakes in an unbeaten juvenile career and defeated subsequent Derby and Arc winner Workforce in last year's Dante Stakes at York.
The four-year-old started his season with a close-upfourth in the Dubai World Cup at Meydan, wearing new colours of Jim and Fitri Hay after a share in the colt had been sold by owners Michael Tabor, Derrick Smith and John Magnier.
Cape Blanco retires to stud as the winner of nine of his 15 starts and £2,574,670 in win and place prize-money. Stud plans for Cape Blanco will be announced at a later date.