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US Gr1-Winner Archarcharch Retired To Stud

Wednesday, 11th May 2011

In the US, owner Bob Yagos announced this season's Gr1-winning 3YO colt Archarcharch (Arch-Woodman's Dancer, by Woodman) "has been retired from racing after fracturing his left front leg, when he stumbled leaving the gate" during last weekend's Gr1 Kentucky Derby, reported bloodhorse.com. Yagos noted: "The cartilage damage was going to be irreparable-you can't regrow cartilage. He's going to have some stiffness in that ankle. But if he transfers that heart & desire he has to his offspring, there will be some nice babies out there." Archarcharch (a US$60,000 yearling at the 2009 Keeneland September Sale) retires with 3 wins (also including February's Gr3 Southwest Stakes over 8 furlongs at Oaklawn Park & 2010's Listed Sugar Bowl Stakes over 6 furlongs at Fair Grounds) & 2 placings (including March's Gr2 Rebel Stakes over 8.5 furlongs at Oaklawn Park) from 7 starts for US$832,744 earnings. Yagos confirmed Archarcharch will remain at Rood And Riddle Equine Hospital in Lexington "for 3 or 4 more days", then rejoin trainer Jinks Fires at Churchill, adding: "That way, his groom can take care of him for about a month of stall rest. Then he'll probably walk for another month, then we'll ship him to a farm." Yagos said stud plans are yet to be decided, explaining: "We visited a couple farms on Sunday when we went to check on him, but we haven't made a choice yet. We're new at this, so we want to go visit the rest of the farms down there. Then we'll see which one we like best & make a decision."

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