07/04/2011 5:10PM

Breeders' Cup winner Dakota Phone retired

Justin N. Lane
Dakota Phone (left), with Joel Rosario up, wins the Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile by a head over Morning Line.

INGLEWOOD, Calif. - Dakota Phone, the upset winner of the Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile last November, has been retired because of an injury sustained in the spring, trainer Jerry Hollendorfer said on Monday.

"He has an injury we probably won't bring him back from," Hollendorfer said.
Owned by the trainer, John Carver, Halo Farms, and George Todaro, Dakota Phone won 6 of 35 starts and $1,282,210. A 6-year-old gelding by Zavata, Dakota Phone had by far his best season in 2010, winning 2 of 12 starts and $973,720.

Aside from his 37-1 upset in the BC Dirt Mile, Dakota Phone won the Grade 2 San Diego Handicap at Del Mar and placed in five stakes in 2010, including a second in the Grade 2 San Antonio Handicap and third-place finishes in three Grade 1 races -- the Goodwood Stakes, Pacific Classic, and Santa Anita Handicap.

In the BC Dirt Mile, Dakota Phone closed from last in a field of 12 to win by a head over Morning Line. "That was the highlight of his career," Hollendorfer said.

Dakota Phone was unplaced in three races following the BC Dirt Mile. He finished sixth in the Grade 3 Thunder Road Handicap at Santa Anita in February in his final start. The decision to retire him was made after a workout in April.

Hollendorfer said that Dakota Phone is currently resting at the Rancho Paseana training center, near Del Mar, "enjoying himself." Plans for retirement have not been finalized.