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Retired in 2012, But Not Forgotten

 
The New Year, a time for new beginnings, is fast approaching, but before we look ahead to a new racing season, I think it is fitting that we pause to say good-bye and good luck to those that are leaving the track and moving on to their second careers. It is obviously nearly impossible to provide a comprehensive list of every single horse retiring this year, but I have provided below a list of the major movers and shakers that have called it quits.
 
 
Aikenite—Dual Grade 2 winner and multiple graded stakes placed
 
Algorithms—Undefeated; winner of the 2012 G3 Holy Bull Stakes
 
Astrology—Grade 3 winner and multiple graded stakes placed
 
Awesome Feather—Undefeated in first 10 career starts; Dual Grade 1 winner; winner of the 2010 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies and 2010 Eclipse Award for Champion Juvenile Filly
 
Awesome Gem--Grade 1 winner; multiple graded stakes placed; 3rd in the 2007 Breeders' Cup Classic
 
Awesome Maria—Multiple graded stakes winner
 
Belle Royale—Grade 1 winner
 
Bodemeister—Grade 1 winner; multiple graded stakes placed; never worse than 2nd in 6 career starts; Runner-up in both the 2012 Kentucky Derby and 2012 Preakness Stakes
 
Boys At Tosconova—Grade 1 winner; multiple graded stakes placed; never worse than third in 9 career starts; runner up in the 2010 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile
 
Brilliant Speed-Grade 1 winner; multiple graded stakes placed; third in the 2011 Breeders’ Cup Turf and third in the 2011 Belmont Stakes
 
Caleb's Posse—Dual Grade 1 winner; multiple graded stakes placed; winner of the 2011 Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile
 
Calibrachoa—Five time Grade 3 winner; multiple graded stakes placed
 
Country Day—Multiple stakes winner; multiple graded stakes placed; runner up in the 2011 Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint
 
Creative Cause—Grade 1 winner; multiple graded stakes placed; earned over a million dollars in ten career starts
 
Danedream—Five-time Group 1 winner, including the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe and King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes
 
Dean's Kitten—Grade 2 winner; multiple graded stakes placed
 
Dialed In—Dual graded stakes winner; winner of the 2011 Florida Derby
 
Empire Way—Runner-up in Robert B. Lewis Stakes
 
Field Commission—Multiple graded stakes winner
 
Frankel—multiple Group 1 winner; undefeated in 14 career starts; 1st in World Thoroughbred Rankings in 2011; European Horse of the Year in 2011 and 2012; European Champion 2-Year Old in 2010; European Champion 3-Year Old in 2011; European Champion Older Horse in 2012
 
Gemologist—Multiple graded stakes winner; undefeated in first 5 career starts
 
Get Stormy—Three time Grade 1 winner; multiple graded stakes placed
 
Hansen—Multiple graded stakes winner; undefeated in first 3 career starts; winner of the 2011 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile; 2011 Eclipse award winner for Champion 2-Year Old
 
Havre de Grace—Three time Grade 1 winner; winner of the 2011 Woodward Stakes versus males; 3rd in the 2010 Breeders’ Cup Ladies’ Classic; 2011 Eclipse Award winner for Horse of the Year and Champion Older Female
 
I'll Have Another—Three time Grade 1 winner; winner of the 2012 Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes; will likely be voted the 2012 Champion 3-Year Old
 
In Lingerie—Multiple graded stakes winner and graded stakes placed
 
It's Tricky--Three time Grade 1 winner; multiple graded stakes placed; runner up in the 2011 Breeders' Cup Ladies' Classic
 
Jackson Bend--Dual Grade 1 winner; multiple graded stakes placed; 3rd in the 2010 Preakness Stakes
 
Jersey Town—Multiple grades stakes winner and graded stakes placed
 
Kauto Star—Five time winner of the King George VI Chase; National Hunt Order of Merit for 2006/07 and 2007/08; Top rated steeplechase horse for 2006/07, 2008/09, 2009/10, and 2011/12
 
Maclean's Music—Earned a 114 Beyer for his first and only race, the highest ever for a first time starter
 
Mission Impazible—Dual Grade 2 winner; multiple graded stakes placed
 
Musketier--Multiple graded stakes winner and graded stakes placed
 
Nahrain—Dual Group 1/Grade 1 winner; undefeated in first 4 career starts; runner up in the 2011 Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf
 
Now I Know—Grade 3 winner
 
Overdriven—Grade 2 winner
 
Plum Pretty—Dual Grade 1 winner; multiple graded stakes placed
 
Princess Arabella—Stakes winner; undefeated in 3 career starts
 
Rapid Redux—Won 22 consecutive races, including 19 in 2011 to equal Citation’s modern-day United States record; winner of the 2011 Secretariat Vox Populi Award, the 2012 Maryland Horse Industry Touch of Class Award, and the 2011 Eclipse Special Award
 
Redeemed—Grade 2 winner; multiple graded stakes placed
 
Rule—Multiple graded stakes winner and graded stakes placed
 
Santiva—Grade 2 winner; multiple graded stakes placed
 
Shackleford—Three time Grade 1 winner; winner of the 2011 Preakness Stakes; Second in the 2011 Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile
 
Smart Bid—Multiple graded stakes winner and graded stakes placed
 
So You Think—Multiple stakes winner; 4th in the 2012 Dubai World Cup
 
Soaring Empire—Grade 3 winner; multiple graded stakes placed
 
Star Guitar—Multiple stakes winner; graded stakes placed; all time leading Louisiana-Bred earner
 
Stay Thirsty—Dual Grade 1 winner; multiple graded stakes placed; 2nd in the 2011 Belmont Stakes
 
Tapizar—Multiple Graded stakes winner and graded stakes placed; winner of the 2012 Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile
 
The Factor—Dual Grade 1 winner; multiple graded stakes placed
 
Thunder Moccasin—Grade 2 winner; undefeated in 2 career starts
 
To Honor and Serve—Dual Grade 1 winner; multiple graded stakes placed
 
Turbulent Descent—Four time Grade 1 winner; multiple graded stakes placed
 
Union Rags—Dual Grade 1 winner; multiple graded stakes placed; runner up in the 2011 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile; winner of the 2012 Belmont Stakes
 
Unzip Me—4 time Grade 3 winner; multiple graded stakes placed; 3rd place in the 2010 Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint
 
Vision in Gold—Grade 2 winner; multiple graded stakes placed
 
Winter Memories—Dual Grade 1 winner; multiple graded stakes winner and graded stakes placed; runner up in the 2010 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf
 
Zazu—Dual Grade 1 winner; multiple graded stakes winner and graded stakes placed; 3rd in the 2011 Kentucky Oaks
 
 
Two superstars that are not on this list that deserve to be recognized are Black Caviar and Paynter. Black Caviar was retired following her Group 1 Diamond Jubilee Stakes victory at Ascot, but she was subsequently brought back out of retirement after further consideration. On the complete opposite end of the spectrum, Paynter was not even expected to live following a colitis diagnosis and after developing laminitis in three of his four feet. But courageous Paynter beat the odds, and the Zayats have decided to try to race him again next year rather than retire him should his health allow that to be an option. 
 
 
This year’s retirements include those that never had the opportunity to realize their full potential due to injury and those that had long, happy careers on the track. Good-bye dear friends and beloved competitors. Good-bye and good luck. We look forward to seeing your progeny pick up where you left off. 

 

What the Nation is saying about Retired in 2012, But Not Forgotten...

really? i wa not aware he had come back to the track. good luck jackson!
Must be going the Flat Out route, Floridaf.
I'm honestly surprised to see Jackson Bend still racing in 2014. I thought for sure they'd send him back off to stud at the end of 2013.
Good for Jackson Bend. I wish him the best. My 2012 favs were I'll Have Another, Creative Cause and Shackleford
Jackson Bend was retired at the time of this article, but has returned to the track. He ran at GP on 12/8, finishing second, after a nice stretch rally.
Union Rags,Shackleford, and Jasckson Bend are the ones i am sorry to seego. Union Rags enver had the cahnce to prove how good he really was, Shackleford was just a beautifull horse. And JAckson Bend had the biggest heart out of all of the horses i seen in a while
ALSO Fame and Glory and So You Think.
Union rags...never saw it sorry. My list from 2012 is Frankel, Danedream, Switch, Musketier, Caleb's Posse and Shackleford.
What about Switch?
Will always remember Union Rags, the horse that had a lot of misfortune. Wrong jockey, bad post position in the derby. I love you Union Rags. This is the third horse in my life that I feel in love with instantly, my first was Sunday Silence then Point Given.
The one I'm sorry to see retire was Zazu, she never really got to show just how good she really was. Maybe her full brother can rectify that this year by showing just how good this blood line really is.
I think I'll miss Shackleford's white blaze more than anything. Beautiful horse, gigantic. I think he will be great at stud. Such a depressing list. I'll also miss JAckson Bend, a horse who had all heart.
Will miss seeing Jackson Bend and Shackleford the most. It was always an exciting race when they were involved.
Union Rags races, or rather his press clippings suggested champion, maybe at two, but perfromance on the track at three said also ran.
I will be really miss only one horse, which isn't mentioned here, - California Flag. True champ
Union Rags... they champ who never really got to run... in the Belmont he showed you keep me up there and I'll win. What a horse. I think IHA and UR (as crazy as it may sound to IHA fans) could have battled it out as four year olds. They both had the talent and heart and when you let each run they were amazing. Great list, loved reading it!
It's crazy how many outstanding horses retired this year. Three "Awesome" horses alone.
All of my favorites are retired except for Animal Kingdom :(
58 horses
Very interesting list.

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