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Breeders' Cup 2017

Injury Ends Street Life's Racing Career

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Magnolia Racing Stable and Hidden Brook Farm’s Street Life, who pulled up after the wire and was vanned off after finishing last in the Grade 1 Travers, has been retired, trainer Chad Brown said Thursday morning.


The 3-year-old Street Sense colt was diagnosed as having suffered a ruptured ligament in his left front pastern, said Brown, and was resting comfortably in his stall, where he will remain indefinitely.


“The horse seems happy, stable,” said Brown of Street Life, who was the 6-1 fourth choice in the Travers after he prepped for the race with a 1 ¾-length victory in the July 27 Curlin.  “[The injury] is not unprecedented, but it’s new to me; I’ve never had that happen before.”


Winner of the Broad Brush Stakes in his third start at Aqueduct Racetrack, Street Life next finished sixth in the Grade 1 Resorts World Casino New York City Wood Memorial, third in the Grade 2 Peter Pan and fourth in the Grade 1 Belmont Stakes. After the Curlin, Brown believed the colt was poised to take the next step forward in his career.


“It’s very disheartening that we’re losing the horse for his career,” Brown said. “I mean, this horse, it was one thing to take a loss in the Travers, a race we thought we had a real shot to win. That’s hard enough to take; you don’t get too many cracks at the race when you really think you’re live going in the gate. Then, to not only lose the race but lose the horse for his career, a horse that I felt had an enormous amount of potential and could have gone on to accomplish great things, is harder to take.”


Street Life ran eight times in his career, won three, and earned $237,735.


“The ownership group, both the McNairs and Hidden Brook Farm, is very fond of this horse and this is a horse that will have a great, pampered life somewhere,” Brown said.


With a pair of victories on Wednesday, Brown, a native of nearby Mechanicville, N.Y., headed into today’s card trailing Todd Pletcher by six in the race for the H. Allen Jerkens training title. Watsdachances gave Brown his 23rd victory in the P.G. Johnson in her American debut, while the claimer Gimme Credit scored another for Brown one race later.


The trainer said Irish-bred Watsdachances will likely make her next start on October 7 at Belmont Park in the Grade 3 Miss Grillo, a race Brown won in 2008 with Maram, who went on to take the inaugural Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf.


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Np surprise here, we've damn near lost the entire 3 year old crop to injuries, bad year for the sport here.
They've made mistakes before, sysonby. They had Rockport Harbor working out a couple of years after he was retired. Could be some other Street Sense colt worked out at Monmouth.
okay, something really wierd, I have Street Life in my equibase stable and just got a notice that he worked at Monmouth, this makes no sense
No! You have to be kidding me! I love Street Life! My goodness, another one? I think this is one to watch for as a sire. He had a lot of promise, he needed time to mature, by the time his babies run, all the attention will be on UR's, Hansen's, Zenyatta, RA, Havre de Grace, etc. When his babies run they'll be under the radar, watch. Very sad for the news, sorry for blabbing, I do that a lot:)
Every week we're averaging at least one contending 3yo, whens it gonna stop?

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