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Questing winning the Grade 1, $300,000 TVG Coaching Club American Oaks at Saratoga Race Course. It was jockey Irad Ortiz Jr.’s first graded stakes victory. Credit NYRA, Adam Coglianese

Questing, the champion three year old filly in America in 2012, has been retired. The daughter of Hard Spun won the Grade One TVG Coaching Club American Oaks and the Grade One Alabama Stakes at Saratoga last season. She had a minor chip successfully removed from a hind ankle earlier this winter, but has developed a lingering case of pneumonia while preparing for a return to training.

Trainer Kiaran McLaughlin called Questing's nine length victory in the Alabama Stakes "one of the most impressive performances I have ever witnessed." It was the fastest running of that race since 1990.

Bred in England by Darley, Questing will join the American broodmare band of Sheikh Mohammed, where she is scheduled to visit Bernardini.
Story via Godolphin.com


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from what I have been told, pneumonia is even more serious for horses than humans. supposedly it can cause scarring in the lungs and permanent loss of cilia, which in turn can cause a horse to become a bleeder.
Everytime I get new favorite horse they are retired! :(
This is a new trend that has been going on for a while now and I don't think it will change because of greed! Horse get retire because the make more money in the breeding shed.
  • jerzmade · New Tax laws i read that went into effect about luxury tax increase? i could be wrong but heard that owners are retiring them early and I hate it. I been seeing way too many horese i come to love and watch every month go down to stud. Tizway my fav, Quiet Giant, Acclamation miss them all. All the good 3yr old n 4yr olds i used to watch are now gone. Like i haveta fall in love and learn all new horses after it took me almost 2 years to learn those lol · 970 days ago
I agree Deadheat, we need horses to last more than 2 racing seasons if the sport is going to recover.
Bernardini is the top sure right now
Pneumonia is no joke. I hate to see her go, but that illness can do great damage to lungs and she'd never be the same.
So, because she got sick, like horses do, instead of just taking a break and letting her rest they retire. I'm sorry, but she was three, she is not a stallion, and if the surgery to remove the chip was a sucess then there is no reason to retire her. You send her to the farm, you let her rest, give her the care she needs to get over the illness and bring her back. Godolphin is a great stable full of great horses, but they and their need to breed are what is killing this industry. This is why, there should be a rule that a horse cannot be bred until after their 4 year old season.

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