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Injured Cape Blanco Retired to Stud

Cape Blanco has been retired to stud according to Anne-Marie O'Brien on Twitter.
The four-year old son of Galileo sustained an injury while winning the Joe Hirsch Classic Invitational at Belmont Park on Saturday.
Ridden by Jamie Spencer, he was hard-pressed to hold off the challenge of Dean's Kitten to win by a nose with his success completing a hat-trick of Grade One victories in the United States.
He had previously won the Arlington Million in August and the Man O'War Stakes, back at Belmont, in July.
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And Bearpath...
jonah5110-- Rewilding and Banned come to mind right away.
Likin Sparks, What do you mean by "tragic endings?" I haven't heard of any fatalities this year.
Quote from Aidan from same said racing post article: "The fact that he never once changed leads in the home straight in spite of his injury just goes to prove what a brave horse he is."
@icyhotboo, According to the story about Cape Blanco's retirement on England's Racing Post web-site, it says that Cape Blanco suffered a "SLAB FRACTURE" to one of his knees during the running of the Joe Hirsch Turf Classic at Belmont on Saturday.
Wow. So very sorry to read of his injury and subsequent retirement...but what an awesome career he had! May he go on to leaving many talented CB babies!
I was just curious as I'm not that familiar with the side effects on horses as opposed to people in which muscle cramps are common.
  • shadowno · @icyhotboo. not sure if you were the poster who had the question regarding horses weight but i was at the Hong Kong Jockey Club site on Saturday when Rocket Man ran in Japan. Noticed they list all horses running weights in PP"s and have detailed dated info on equipment changes including Tongue ties, cornell collar etc. They also list detailed vet records regarding soreness, bleeding with date reported and date cleared by vet. A far cry from our DRF unfortunately for us. If I'm reaching you in error please disregard. · 1974 days ago
It was a knee fracture that forced his retirement.
icy, it's the plane ride over that causes them to immediately need the L. (sarcasm) Acclamation is the 2011 top turf male.
Curious how he became injured after getting used to lasix, torn muscle?
I always felt like this is the one that Ballydoyle got wrong. I've never gotten the impression that they rated Cape Blanco highly enough? And it only got worse after the arrival of So You Think. He never got the credit he deserved for a cracking good Dante Stakes win over Workforce or for his sublime Irish Champion Stakes win back in 2010. I feel like a lot of the reason we saw Cape Blanco so much in America this season is that Ballydoyle was racing So You Think in most of the European races that Cape Blanco likely would've raced in. Had So You Think not come to Ballydoyle. But it worked out well for us American race fan's. Because we got to see a cracking good middle distance turf horse from Ireland!! I've also always thought that Cape Blanco should've been sent to the Epsom Derby back in 2010 instead of to the Prix Du Jockey Club in France. I've always felt like he would've represented Ballydoyle better at Epsom that day than Jan Vermeer did!! A fantastically talented horse with a ton of heart that will be sorely missed!! Especially in this year's BC Turf.
Even with Cape Blanco out of this year's BC Turf now. I still believe he's done enough to win the Eclipse Award as America's Turf Champion in 2011. Enduring 3 cross-Atlantic shipping's over thousands of miles from Ireland to America and winning the G1 Man O' War Stakes, the G1 Arlington Million, and the G1 Joe Hirsch Turf Classic read as a stronger resume than staying exclusively in California and winning the G1 Charlie Whittingham Handicap, the G1 Eddie Read Handicap, and the G2 Clement Hirsch Turf as Acclamation has done. Acclamation's win in the G1 Pacific Classic should have no bearing at all on the Eclipse Award vote for 2011 Turf HOY. Because that race was won on a synthetic surface. With Cape Blanco retired now, I believe Coolmore will likely send Treasure Beach as their representative for this year's BC Turf? I think either So You Think or Await The Dawn will be their BC Classic horse? JMO.
This has been one of the worst years for injuries and tragic endings in the sport of horse racing, we lost some really good ones. Take care CB

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