Never Retreat’s racing career is not over yet.
Never Retreat was scheduled to be retired following her 2011 finale
in Hollywood Park’s Grade 1 Matriarch. But after finishing a
disappointing third as the 4-5 favorite three weeks ago at Hollywood
Park, trainer Chris Block decided to give his Grade 1 winner one last
chance to show her stuff before heading off to the breeding shed this
Never Retreat will now end her career at Gulfstream Park on Jan. 7 in
the same race she opened her amazing 2011 campaign, the Grade 3
Marshua’s River. Never Retreat finished third in the Marshua’s River
before ultimately going on to win five graded stakes during the course
of the season, highlighted by her 1 1/2-length triumph in Keeneland’s
Grade 1 First Lady on Oct. 8. She also captured three Grade 2 races as
well as Gulfstream’s Grade 3 Honey Fox. Never Retreat banked $902,000 of
her nearly $1.3 million in career earnings this year.