12/16/2009 1:00AM

Apache Cat retired with injury


Apache Cat, an eight-time Group 1 winner in his native Australia, sustained a career-ending injury when he finished seventh in the Hong Kong Sprint on Sunday and has been retired. By Lion Cavern out of the Whiskey Road mare Tennessee Blaze, Apache Cat, a white-faced 7-year-old gelding, was trained throughout his career by Greg Eurell for a syndicate headed by his breeder, Paul Radford.

Found to have a small fracture to his left fore sesamoid, Apache Cat had won his eight Group 1's between five furlongs and a mile, among them the one-mile Cadbury Guineas as a 3-year-old. From Feb. 2 to May 24, 2008 he won five Group 1's in a row between five and seven furlongs at four different tracks. He also won four Group 2 races and four Group 3's. All told, he won 19 of 43 starts with four seconds and seven thirds for earnings of $3,938,061. He is currently in Hong Kong and will return to Australia on Dec. 29 to spend the rest of his life at Living Legends near Melbourne, where he will join past Australian greats like Might and Power and Better Loosen Up.