Einstein: denied crack at third victory in Gulfstream Park TurfPICTURE: EquiSport Photos/Matt Wooley
Injury ends career of top US performer Einstein
LEADING US performer Einstein, five times a Grade 1 winner, has been retired after sustaining a minor soft-tissue injury.
According to the Thoroughbred Times, the admirable Brazilian-bred seven-year-old, who was in training for the Gulfstream Park Turf Handicap, will stand as a stallion this season at Adena Springs in Kentucky. No stud fee has been announced.
Einstein proved himself one of the most versatile horses in America, winning 11 races on a variety of surfaces for trainer Helen Pitts over a number of seasons.
He won nearly $3 million in prize-money, numbering two wins in the Gulfstream Park Turf and last year's Santa Anita Handicap, on the all-weather, among his big-race successes.
The son of 1986 horse of the year Spend A Buck also won the 2008 Clark Handicap at Churchill Downs, a race that had only recently lost its Grade 1 status - and has since regained its place at the top level.
"He's been wonderful to me," said Pitts, speaking to the Daily Racing Form.
"He's a very special animal and I hope his breeding career will be just as successful as his race career was."
Pitts, who was Curlin's original trainer, pointed to last year's Santa Anita Handicap victory as a particular highlight.
"The Big Cap was the only million-dollar race I won, and it was memorable because there was the question mark of going to a different surface," said the trainer.
"Winning the Woodford Reserve two years in a row and being able to compete in that race four times also meant a lot to me."
Speaking to the Thoroughbred Times, Adena Springs president Andy Stronach said. "We had hoped to see Einstein win this race for the third time, and were looking forward toletting him continue to run for as long as he was competitive.
"Einstein loved to run," he added. "He had an amazing career winning five Grade 1 races and nearly $3-million in his five years on the track."
After an uncharacterisitically lacklustre performance at the Breeders' Cup Classic, Einstein ended his career with a game effort to finish third from the outside post in last year's Clark.
Stronach added: "He's the kind of horse you hope to have in your stable, and the kind of horse fans love to see race. We're saddened to see his racing career come to an end, but we're looking forward to having him join our stallion roster in Kentucky."