The Usual Q.T., winner of five stakes races, two of them Grade I’s,
and earner of more than $1.5 million in his career, has been retired.
“There were too many issues this time,” trainer Jim Cassidy said
of the 6-year-old Unusual Heat gelding, who was bred by Carlee Van
Kempen, daughter of part-owner Don Van Kempen. “He’s been a great horse.
He’s right up there with the best I’ve ever trained along with any
other horse I had, including Evening Jewel, Ticker Tape, Diamond Diva,
Singhalese—all of them.”
Among The Usual Q.T.’s five stakes wins were the Grade I
Hollywood Derby in 2009 and the Grade I Eddie Read in 2010. That was his
last victory, incurring a losing string of eight straight through his
final race, the Grade II San Gabriel Stakes in which he finished third
on Jan. 16.
Following his Eddie Read victory, The Usual Q.T. was second in
the Grade I Woodbine Mile, and third in the Grade I Breeders’ Cup Mile
behind champions Goldikova and Gio Ponti.
The consistent bay failed to earn a check only once in his 23
career starts, when he finished ninth in the 2010 Sunshine Millions
Classic, which was run on Santa Anita’s synthetic surface.
The Usual Q.T. retired with eight wins (all on turf), six
seconds and five thirds, with earnings of $1,531,240 for owners Don Van
Kempen, Michael Nentwig, George Saadeh and Jeffrey Byer.