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08-02-2004, 02:06 PM #1
It's official- Smarty is being retired to stud
Smarty suffers from chronic bruising of the bottom of the cannon bone of all 4 fetlocks, a condition that would make it too difficult for him to race again.
Just think of all those lucky fillies and mares out there at Three Chimneys Farm (where's he's being retired to stud)
08-02-2004, 02:32 PM #2
0Originally Posted by bronxgirl
"Long Live Smarty!!!"
08-04-2004, 09:26 AM #3
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So they will parade Smarty at Philadelphia Park on August 14, then send him to stud. Bummer! Why not hold off on the parade until Labor Day and the PA Derby?
I don't know what the rush is. It's August now, and any foal conceived in late August would be born in late July and would be at a disadvantage racing against winter and spring foals (the official "birthday" of all racehorses is January 1st, but a two-year-old born in January or February is considerably more physically developed than a two-year-old born in June or July).
That business of the cannon bone bruising is a crock. According to top thorobred veterinarian Larry Bramlage, that is a common injury among racehorses and is easily taken care of by a 3-month rest period. Smarty COULD have run as a 4-year-old and made the Dubai World Cup in March, but that would mean he'd miss covering 75-100 mares in the breeding season starting in March, at somewhere around $75K-$125K a pop.
Smarty was retired because of MONEY, not because he has a serious injury.
Last edited by chuckm; 08-04-2004 at 09:30 AM.
08-04-2004, 11:50 AM #4
The Chapmans want money. It's all about the money. Several people(vets, trainers) have come forward to say that he could come back within 4 months.
What they are afraid of is if he runs again and loses, it will hurt his stud fee.
He will never be considered great because he never got a chance to prove it by running again. Slew, Affirmed and Secretariat ran beyond the Belmont.
And they wonder how the general public gets the impression that racing is a greedy sport.
BTW, I bet the next TC is taken directly from the winners circle into a van and shipped to the farm
08-04-2004, 02:55 PM #5
Here's hoping for the sport's sake that the next TC winner is a gelding. Otherwise, if this pattern keeps up, they'll be shipping the winner of the Kentucky Derby straight from the winner's circle to the nearest breeding shed
08-04-2004, 04:37 PM #6
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Oh, I hate to hear that. It was such an exciting story. But, we shouldn't feel too bad....it sounds like he is really going to enjoy his retirement. LOL!
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