In his last major work in preparation for next Saturday’s Grade 1 Suburban H., Shadwell Stable’s reigning Horse-of-the-Year INVASOR suffered a career-ending injury to his right hind ankle and has been retired from racing. Rick Nichols, vice president and general manager of Shadwell Farm reported that the work went very well, and the injury
was not readily apparent until the horse was back at the barn, cooling out after the workout.
Xrays revealed a fracture to the top of the sesamoid, a bone in the ankle and an area he had previously injured as a young horse Although at this point surgery does not seem to be indicated, Nichols said that the connections elected to retire their world champion
from racing. Nichols continued, “he’s done everything we’ve ever asked of him. This is a huge disappointment for all of us as well as for the racing world.”
In 12 starts, INVASOR, posted 11 wins, including six consecutive Grade 1 victories, earning over $7.8 million. A5-year-old son of Candy Stripes, INVASOR won the 2005 Triple Crown in Uruguay and was named Horse of the Year and champion 3-year-old
male in that country. After being privately purchased by Shadwell in 2006, INVASOR dominated the North American racing world with victories in the Whitney H.-G1,
Pimlico Special-G1, and Suburban H.-G1. His championship season culminated with a thrilling victory in the $5,000,000 Breeders’ Cup Classic-G1 at Churchill Downs in November and was voted the Eclipse Awards as Horse of the Year and Champion Older
His 2007 campaign started with a two-length win in the Donn H.-G1 under a hand ride. The champion’s major objective was the world’s richest race, the $6,000,000 Dubai World Cup-G1. On this world stage, INVASOR wore down his rivals to win by nearly
two lengths, posting his sixth consecutive Grade 1 victory.
INVASOR will stand at Shadwell Farm in Lexington, Kentucky in 2008.
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