Caleb's Posse: Breeders' Cup winner has been retired through injuryPICTURE: Edward Whitaker (racingpost.com/photos)
Dirt Mile winner Caleb's Posse retired after injury
USA: The American racing scene has lost yet another top-class performer with news that Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile winner Caleb's Posse has been retired to stud through injury.
The four-year-old, famed for his late-running bursts, will stand at Three Chimneys in Kentucky after connections revealed he had failed to recover sufficiently from an injury sustained on his last start, when he was touched off in the Met Mile.
"We discovered a non-displaced fragment in his left knee after the Met Mile," said the horse's owners in a prepared statement, as reported by the Blood-Horse.
"We were hopeful that some time off would resolve the situation, but recent radiographs have revealed that surgery to remove the chip will mean that he could not return to the racetrack this year. He has proven his brilliance on the track, and now we want to give him a chance to pass on that brilliance in the breeding shed."
Before his Breeders' Cup victory in November for trainer Donnie von Hemel, Caleb's Posse had won the Grade 1 King's Bishop at Saratoga, where he beat Uncle Mo. He suffered a string of narrow defeats this year, his late charge just falling short on each of three appearances.
News of his retirement is a blow to the US scene, which has already lost Classic winners I'll Have Another (retired) and Union Rags (injured and out for the season) plus reigning horse of the year Havre De Grace (retired).