11/09/2011 7:30PM

Who's retiring, who's coming back, and what's next for top horses


With the Breeders' Cup over, some of horse racing's biggest stars will be riding off into the sunset, while others may just be getting started. Here's a quick rundown of the big-name horses whose immediate plans have been reported by DRF.com:

Uncle Mo -- Retired after health concerns flared up again. The former BC Juvenile champ was scheduled to ship to Ashford Stud.

Animal Kingdom -- The Kentucky Derby winner and Preakness runner-up is back in training after a seven-month layoff following the disastrous Belmont Stakes.

Drosselmeyer -- The BC Classic winner was headed to retirement in New York at the end of this season, but a clause in his stud contract allowed for wiggle room if he won the Classic. A decision on whether he might race next year will come "sometime next week."

Royal Delta -- The BC Ladies' Classic and Alabama Stakes winner was sold at auction for $8.5 million to Benjamin Leon’s Besilu Stables. It is the third-highest sum ever paid for a racemare at the Keeneland November sale.

Havre de Grace -- She won 5 of 7 starts and is still a top contender for Horse of the Year honors. She will be returning to the track for her 5-year-old season.

Mucho Macho Man -- The third-place finisher at the Kentucky Derby and media darling of the Triple Crown season returned to action on Wednesday, blowing away an optional-claiming field at Aqueduct.

Regally Ready -- The BC Turf Sprint champ is going to remain in training and keep running. "We’ve got to find something quick to run him in for as much money as possible," trainer Steve Asmussen said Sunday morning. "He came out of the race just fabulous."

A.U. Miner -- Reportedly recovering from surgery after suffering an injury in the BC Marathon.

Big Drama -- The 2010 BC Sprint champion has been retired. He's heading to his owner's farm in Ocala, Fla.

Stay Thirsty -- He will race in 2012 after making a late-season run at 3-year-old Eclipse honors. With Uncle Mo retired, the Travers winner carries the banner for owner Mike Repole in 2012. He will focus on New York races with the goal being another crack at the BC Classic next November.

Weemissfrankie -- She may start again this year, and has the Kentucky Oaks at Churchill Downs on May 4 as a long-term goal, accordign to trainer Peter Eurton.

Caleb's Posse -- The impressive BC Dirt Mile winner is being touted by trainer Donnie Von Hemel as a contender for top 3-year-old. After a month off, Caleb's Posse will head to Oaklawn Park.

Gio Ponti -- The three-time champion who finished fourth in this year's BC Mile will retire and stand stud at Castleton Lyons for $20,000.

Courageous Cat -- The winner of this year's Grade 1 Shoemaker Mile will retire and stand at stud for $10,000 at Lane's End Farm in Kentucky.