Reigning Horse of the Year Invasor suffered a career-ending fracture to the top of the right hind sesamoid right after a major workout in preparation for the June 30 Suburban Handicap (G1) and was retired from racing.
Owner Shadwell Stable (racing arm owned by Dubai’s deputy ruler and finance minister Sheik Hamdan bin Rashid al-Maktoum) has opted to retire Invasor to their breeding facility, Shadwell Farm in Lexington, KY, where he will stand in 2008.
Sometime in the third week of June, Invasor, with exercise rider Barry Downs aboard, breezed five furlongs (about 1000 meters) in 00:59.4. Back at the barn while cooling down, he took “a couple of funny steps,” according to trainer Kieran McLaughlin. An x-ray revealed the fracture in an area he had previously injured as a young horse in Uruguay.
Racing Record: 11 wins out of 12 starts, including six consecutive G1 wins with earnings of over US$7.8 million.
2005: Uruguay Triple Crown winner and Uruguay Horse of the Year and Champion 3-Year-Old Male
2006: (after being purchased by Shadwell) won Whitney Handicap (G1), Pimlico Special (G1), Suburban Handicap (G1), Breeders’ Cup Classic (G1), Eclipse Award Horse of the Year and Champion Older Male.
2007: Won Donn Handicap (G1) under a hand ride and Dubai World Cup (G1).
It would be terrific for local racing if a Filipino could acquire a progeny of this superstar horse.
Photo: Invasor with jockey Fernando Jara wearing the blue-and-white Shadwell silks en route to winning the 2006 Breeders’ Cup Classic.