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Wednesday, May 17, 2006

'Goldie' retired

Canadian Horse of the Year A BIT O' GOLD has been retired from racing and will live out his years at Kingfield Farm north of Woodbine.
"Nothing dramatic happened, there was no real one thing that was wrong with him," said trainer Catherine Day Phillips, who also owns part of the gelding with The Two Bit Racing Stable.
"He was showing wear and tear and we just thought it was in the best interests of him to retire him. He’s been out of training for two weeks now."
A Bit O' Gold, who won the Prince of Wales and Breeders' Stakes as a 3-year-old two years ago and was named champion sophomore, was a multiple stakes winner on turf and dirt in 2005 with wins in the Sky Classic (G2), Chinese Cultral Centre Stakes (G2) and Grade 3 Dominion Day Handicap. He was named champion older horse, turf horse as well as Horse of the Year.
'Goldie', whose final race was a last-place finish in the Breeders' Cup Classic, completed his racing career with 10 wins in 18 starts, 3 seconds and 2 thirds with earnings of $1,888,155.
"He’s going to be let down gently at the track for a few weeks and then go to the farm," said Day Phillips. "Then we’ll let him tell us what he wants to do.
We’re obviously very sad but their careers don’t go on forever. To have three great years with him is amazing, it’s selfish to ask for more. We’re very grateful to him and he’ll always be well taken care of."
Good Luck Goldie, Woodbine fans will miss you!

2 Comments:

  • At 10:51 PM, Blogger Milhouse said…

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  • At 10:54 PM, Blogger Milhouse said…

    The Golden Boy will be missed. His unique running style and the way he loved to thrill racing fans is something that we will never forget. Now this year we can see if Jambalaya can follow in his footsteps. Big footsteps yes, but Jambalaya has already done something that 'Goldie' didn't do...win a race in the U.S.

     

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