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Injury Forces Boom US 3YO Colt Eskendereya To Stud
In the US, part-owners Jess Jackson & Zayat Stables announced this season's Gr1-winning 3YO colt Eskendereya (Giant's Causeway-Aldebaran Light, by Seattle Slew) has been retired due to a career-ending soft tissue injury of his left front leg. Stud plans have yet to be announced. Ahmed Zayat declared: "It is heart-wrenching that Eskendereya did not have a chance to achieve his full potential & show what he was made of at the Triple Crown. He is a once-in-a-lifetime horse. Todd Pletcher (trainer) & I discussed every other possibility before concluding that retirement was the only option & the right decision to protect Eskendereya's health." Eskendereya was early favorite for the Gr1 Kentucky Derby, but had to be withdrawn just 6 days before the race & subsequently underwent diagnostic testing in Lexington. In his 2 runs prior to injury, he slaughtered his rivals by 9.75-lengths in April's Gr1 Wood Memorial Stakes (9 furlongs) at Aqueduct, following a similar blitz of his rivals by 8.5-lengths in February's Gr2 Fountain Of Youth Stakes (9 furlongs) at Gulfstream Park. Overall Kentucky-bred Eskendereya (a US$250,000 yearling at the 2008 Keeneland September Sale) recorded 4 wins (also including 2009's Listed Pilgrim Stakes over 8 furlongs at Belmont Park) & a runner-up from 6 starts for US$725,700 earnings.