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US Classic Winner Jazil Retired To Shadwell
US 2006 Gr1 Belmont Stakes winner Jazil (Seeking The Gold-Better Than Honour, by Deputy Minister) has been retired & will stand the 2008 season at Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid al Maktoum's's Shadwell Farm in Kentucky, reported thoroughbredtimes.com. Jazil (who has been off the track with injury since February) retires with 2 wins from 11 starts (plus 5 runner-ups including the 2006 Gr1 Wood Memorial Stakes at Aqueduct & 4th in the Gr1 Kentucky Derby) for US$890,532 earnings. Kentucky-bred Jazil (a US$725,000 yearling at the 2004 Keeneland September sale) is a half brother to 2007 Gr1 Belmont Stakes winner Rags To Riches & their dam Better Than Honour is a Gr2-winner. In addition, Jazil's multiple Gr1-winning 2nd dam Blush With Pride has produced 2 group stakes-winners, as well as Gr1-placed winner Maryinsky (dam of Irish & English classic-winner Peeping Fawn). Shadwell general manager Rick Nichols confirmed: "After discussion with Sheikh Hamdan, we felt it in the best interest of the horse to retire him, not risking further injuries."