Desert Blanc, who
won the Grade 1 Woodford Reserve Manhattan Handicap by a nose on June 9, has
been retired with a tendon injury, Peter Bradley, managing co-owner of Bradley
Thoroughbreds, announced on Sunday.
Bradley, who owns Desert Blanc in partnership with Swift Thoroughbreds,
Inc., Mackie Racing, and Vintage Thoroughbreds, said the 4-year-old emerged from
the race in good order and galloped for three days before swelling was detected.
It was then discovered the colt had a 20 percent tear of his left front
“We’ll find a home for him for a stud career, although we
were looking forward to running him the rest of the year,” said Bradley.
The Woodford Reserve Manhattan was the second North American start for
Desert Blanc, who was second in the Grade 3 Fort Marcy on May 5 for trainer
Chad Brown. In France,
the son of Desert Style won a listed stakes and was Group 3 placed.
was a very exciting race, and he showed he how game and tough he was,”
Bradley said. “It’s the biggest hurt to lose a horse like this to