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Saratoga and Del Mar 2017

Sea The Stars is retired

Sea the Stars, who secured his place among racing’s all-time greats when he powered his way to a thrilling two-length victory over Youmzain in the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe (Fr-I) Oct. 4, has been retired to stud.

The announcement that the 3-year-old son of Cape Cross will not go for the Breeders’ Cup Classic (gr. I) was made just before 1 p.m. in Ireland by trainer John Oxx.

"It has been decided after discussions with Mr. Christopher Tsui (the horse’s owner) that Sea The Stars will not take part in the Breeders’ Cup at Santa Anita on Nov. 7," Oxx said. "He’s had a long season and has been in regular fast work from March 3, with his final workout on Oct. 2. He’s been in intensive training for seven months with only a three-week break after the Eclipse Stakes (Eng-I) at the beginning of July.

"We feel it is unfair to keep him going any further given his unprecedented record of achievement in the last six months. He’s come out of the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe (Fr-I) in his usual good form. He is fit and healthy and has been cantering since the race.

"He is now retiring from racing, but I have no information on stud career details and an announcement will be made at a much later date when plans have been finalized,” he said.

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"Perfection in Equine Form, a Horse of a Lifetime..." I think what Jim McGrath said in the last 50 yards of the Arc play-by-play on BBC pretty much summarized this colt's accomplishments - and appropriately so.
This was one fantastic race horse. I hate that we won't get to see him perform in the B.C. Classic, but I completely understand his ownership making the decision they did. He's won all the biggest races on the European continent and really has nothing left to prove. Imagine what this colt is going to bring for a stud fee. I don't blame them, why keep racing and risk injury. They're smart to be retiring him at the top of his game.
I agree. A super race horse indeed. He's been a bit overlooked by the Americans this year because we've been caught up in the Rachael Alexandra and Zenyatta sagas, but quite frankly, imo, this horse would have laid either one of them to waste. All the best for Sea The Stars in his stud career.
Truly an amazing horse that deserves all the accolades he received. Would have been great to see him in the BC... but after that awesome run in the Arc there was nothing left to prove.

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