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Breeders' Cup 2017

Workforce Retired to Stud in Japan

WORKFORCE, last year's Derby and Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe winner, has been retired to stud as reported in Monday's Racing Post.

The four-year-old will join former stablemate Harbinger in Japan next year where he will stand at Teruya Yoshida's Shadai Farm after a deal was completed by owner Khalid Abdullah.

Workforce, who was bred by Abdullah's Juddmonte Farms, is a son of King's Best, who also sired last year's Japan Derby winner Eishen Flash.

Teddy Grimthorpe, racing manager to the owner, said: "He was an exceptional three-year-old and was one of only six horses to have completed the Derby and Arc double since the war.
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I saw a lot of comments made on YouTube slamming Workforce for his 2011 season. I would argue that it doesn't matter one iota that Workforce didn't win the G3 Brigadier Gerard Stakes by a more impressive margin than many thought he should have? Or that he was narrowly beaten So You Think in the G1 Coral-Eclipse Stakes. Or that he never won the King George. Or that his second Arc run was sub-par. The bottom line with this horse is that what he accomplished as a 3yr.old in 2010 will always be enough for other horsemen to want to breed to him. He smashed the track record in that 2010 Epsom Derby, and in the past 30 years, only the mighty Shergar's win in the 1981 Epsom Derby is any more visually impressive to look at than Workforce's in 2010. Then to follow up a track record Epsom Derby with an Arc De Triomphe win against a stellar field is something that's not been accomplished by a whole lot of 3yr.old's over the years. I'm glad that Workforce has been retired. Because he really had nothing left to prove after he won what was arguably 2 of the biggest G1 races in Europe.
Dubawi Heights will be there too--
He'll join Hilda's Passion and Untra Blend--also in Japan--maybe babies in their future!

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