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.