Accomplished veteran stayer and crowd favorite Cloudy’s Knight has
been retired after a right front suspensory injury flared up while he
was preparing for the Sycamore Stakes (G3) on Thursday at Keeneland
The ten-year-old Lord Avie gelding had a chance to
become the oldest career graded stakes winner in the Sycamore after
finishing second in the Kentucky Cup Turf Stakes (G3) in September at
Kentucky Downs in his only start this season.
was slated to have his final workout for the Sycamore on Monday, but
Racing Hall of Fame trainer Jonathan Sheppard said he was told the
suspensory injury flared up again following a strong gallop on Sunday
at his farm.
“It’s sad, but he’s had a great run,” Sheppard
said. “It was kind of a longshot bringing him back at this age this
spring, but we almost pulled it off. He did come back and run one nice
race. That’s the way it goes. It’s better to have it happen quietly on
the farm than in a race, and he’s actually still sound.”