12/30/2016 3:19PM

Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint winner Regally Ready retired

Barbara D. Livingston
Regally Ready won 20 of 48 starts and had earnings of $1.8 million.

Regally Ready, the Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint winner in 2011, has been retired and is now based in Ocala, Fla., trainer Steve Asmussen said Thursday.

Regally Ready, a gelding who turns 10 on Sunday, won 20 of 48 starts and had earnings of $1.8 million. Nine of his wins came in stakes, including the Grade 1 Nearctic at Woodbine. Regally Ready, a son of More Than Ready bred by Grapestock, raced throughout his career for Vinery Stables.

“He made a lot of people happy,” said Asmussen.

Asmussen said Regally Ready’s talent, versatility, and soundness were among the many traits that made him special. He also said the horse had an endearing personality.

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“He was peculiar from the very beginning,” Asmussen said. “He had his ways about him – a bit clumsy, dorky, had no idea how good he really was. He had that personality about him. He surprised himself.”

Regally Ready often won races by large margins, among his efforts a 12-length romp in the West Virginia Speaker’s Cup in 2014 at Mountaineer. He won the Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint by 1 1/2 lengths over five furlongs at Churchill Downs.