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Breeders' Cup 2017

Havre de Grace Retired

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Photo: Lou Hodges Photography
2011 Horse of the Year Havre de Grace has been retired. The announcement came Monday afternoon from owner Rick Porter via the Fox Hill Farms web site.

The 5-year-old mare had just worked out at Churchill Downs on Sunday morning in preparation for the La Troienne stakes on Oaks day. Unfortunately, a slight injury was detected in her right front leg that didn't go away by Monday morning. According to Porter's announcement, the vets at Rood & Riddle clinic inspected the mare and found that while her injury was not life-threatening, it was not wise to continue racing.

Havre de Grace retires with a record of 9 wins in 16 starts and career earnings of $2,586,175. She will be most remembered for her thrilling rivalry with California-based filly, Blind Luck, which culminated in her nose defeat to that filly in the 2011 Delaware Handicap. 


-- Candice Curtis 


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well....to her credit, she always at least hit the board in her performances.
So maybe he will be able to buy a well-bred yearling and have another HOTY. Selling HDG does not equate to not caring about her or not being appreciative of her accomplishments. It also is not a death sentence even if she were to go to Japan. I might just comment that I'm hungry next time someone goes off on that tangent. As for BL, I'll take the word of someone who cared for her on a daily basis over a newspaper report.
unfortunately s**t happens in sports. disappointing news, to say the least.
And no people don't expect to have their horses stand in a field for 25 years eating carrots. Nor do the fans. However, in the wake of Ferdinand and other horses like Our Mims who finally found her way to good home at the end, people are concerned where horses end up. Nothing is more upsetting that to go to websites that rescue horses and find for instance, the top selling Australian yearling in a kill buyers pen or see a horse who is skin and bones leave a dump like Mountaineer who earned over a million and the owners just stopped feeding him.
That should read could NOT keep a brood are band. Sorry for the typo
No people understand a business decision. In Porters case, he made it clear in an interview that he could keep a brood are band AND buy and race yearlings. He could do one or the other. Porter has always maintained that position. As to BL you need to go back To the sequence if events. If everyone knew why did the knowledgable reporters on the Daiky Racing Form feel they needed to call BL owners for clarification.
Of course they come out of the woodwork to bash a new target, Daniel. It's like they expect the mares to be hand fed carrots in the owners' back yards. Maybe have one precious baby and then just stand in a field for the next 25 yrs, occasionally posing for photos with adoring fans, finally passing away under a shady tree at age 30.
Where are all you geniuses to knock Porter now that he is going to sell HDG just like the owners of Blind Luck did in the same sale? I still can't understand all the negative comments on this site, and BL's "Fan?" page. In fact, where is Loser Sparks with a comment about how Team Valor could do a better job? Where are you people? I understand that it's part of the business.
Wow That is horrible news..
I bet Larry Jones is just heartbroken. He loves her so much
It is official now, Grace will be sold, privately or in the Fall at Keeneland, to fund Porter's racing stable.
This is sad news, especially after her nice work at Churchill yesterday. Happy retirement Gracie!! I will always remember getting to watch you romp home in the Beldame. Thanks for that and many other memories.
I am very sad that HDG is being retired. Wish her well. Just a comment on her being sold. This just seems to be the future of horse racing. Years ago the great owners bred horses to race now we are racing to breed. And the sales ring in the ultimate destination.
Should clarify that owner was not quoted: "While there is a chance she could still be bred this spring, there are reports circulating that Havre de Grace would be sold at the Nov. Breeding Stock Sale at Keeneland."
Acclamation isn't being retired.
what???? why are they selling her? Do they not breed their own horses?
And now Porter announces she will be sold in November....
very true Age of Reason. Hopefully everyone will rise above. It is always sad when a horse is injured and hopefully she will have a long career as a broodmare.
As much as we've all argued lately over the way Havre de Grace's 2012 campaign was being ran (or not ran--depending on the perspective), let's keep it classy and just wish her a good retirement, shall we? Like it or not (and I frankly didn't), she was the face of North American racing last year, and as such I wished her all the best for what she represented. Well-wishes in her retirement!

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