07/12/2012 4:50PM

Caleb's Posse retired to stand stud at Three Chimneys


Don McNeill and Cheyenne Stables have retired their 2011 Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile winner Caleb’s Posse, who will enter stud in 2013 at Three Chimneys Farm in Midway, Ky.

“We discovered a non-displaced fragment in his left knee after the Met Mile,” Caleb’s Posse’s owners, McNeill and Everett Dobson, said in a statement Three Chimneys issued late Thursday afternoon. “We were hopeful that some time off would resolve the situation, but recent radiographs have revealed that surgery to remove the chip will mean that he could not return to the racetrack this year. He has proven his brilliance on the track, and now we want to give him a chance to pass on that brilliance in the breeding shed.”

Caleb’s Posse won the Grade 1 Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile and King’s Bishop Stakes in 2011 and also finished second in two Grade 1 contests this year, the Metropolitan and Carter handicaps. His other stakes wins came in the Grade 2 Amsterdam, Grade 3 Ohio Derby, and the ungraded Smarty Jones and Clever Trevor stakes. He earned $1,423,379 and retires with a career record of 8 wins, 5 seconds, and 2 thirds from 19 starts.

McNeill bred Caleb’s Posse from his Slewacide mare Abbey’s Missy, and he is her first stakes winner. She is a three-quarter sister to Mr Ross, a multiple Grade 3 winner who took 14 stakes in a 44-start career.

Caleb’s Posse will be available for inspection starting next week. His stud fee will be announced this fall.

Ronnie Malo Rodriguez More than 1 year ago
Calebs Posse. Great run the BC Mile. He was a good one. Now the good life for this nice horse.
Big Jeff More than 1 year ago
Most of you are just not getting it. These horses are being retired with MINOR injuries out of greed. Trainers used to give their horses time and bring them back at 4,5 or 6 years old.just as strong if not better. Most of the great champions were given the chance to prove their greatness. Now we have rediculous claims of "carreer ending" injuries, a la Smarty Jones, Afleet Alex, Havre, IHA. The only real fragility that exist is in the modern economics of breeding. Face it Citation would have never been allowed to resume his carreer in todays racing world.
Mark More than 1 year ago
it is easy for someone to sit back and criticize others for retiring a horse because of financial reasons... you are not the person that is looking to potentially lose millions if the horse were to break down or blemish his racing record. I understand that most of these stake horse owners already have millions, but they didn't get millions by being stupid.
Jeff More than 1 year ago
Because owners retire horses to stud after somewhat minor injuries, they have the money to purchase numerous other horses down the road. I love to see older stakes horses in training, but retirements like Caleb Posse's are an economic reality. If owners like Don McNeill don't hit a home run once in awhile, many are not going to be in the game. And the industry desperately needs them in the game.
T M More than 1 year ago
Another wonderful racehorse which will be missed. Although it's sad he won't be racing any longer, he had a thrilling career.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
mY Guess $$$25000$$$ Trainer.Jockey,Medical bills along with risking life threatening injury(ex,Giant Ryan) Hes made 1.4 mil to date Hes a multiple graded stakes winner Why risk making several million over the next 15 years
Brian Taylor More than 1 year ago
Farewell to the horse who saved my bacon on BC Days 2011! His photo is on my frige.
Perl More than 1 year ago
Nice job. I caught him at 12-1 in the Amsterdam last year, but then stupidly didn't stick with him when he beat Uncle Mo in the King's Bishop and won the BC Dirt Mile for fun. He had developed into quite an exciting horse, with his ferocious late kick in one-turn races.
John Stevelberg More than 1 year ago
Trying to figure out what sport has the most sidelining injuries ...BASEBALL or HORSE RACING ?
James Turner More than 1 year ago
At least Matt Kemp and Andre Ethier wont be retired to stud duty.
Perl More than 1 year ago
My friend is a horseracing newby. She was at the Belmont Stakes with me. We had an awesome day. So the other day she asks me how Desert Blanc is doing. Retired, I say. How about Union Rags? Out for the year, almost certain to retire. And now Caleb's Posse is out. It gets worse every year.
Joe More than 1 year ago
I agree, how sad.. There are very little top horses that stay healthy.. What a shame!!
Gee More than 1 year ago
This is what makes it so hard to handicape. Here one day gone the next!!!
Gee More than 1 year ago
Fan base suffers badly becuase of this. IHA!! 10 million.
idesofice More than 1 year ago
no inbreeding in his pedigree but maybe there is something else there...
Laramie Bowcock More than 1 year ago
Well he does have some inbreeding (Hail to Reason on both sides was one I found quickly, didn't inspect the rest) but it is over 5 generations back. That might qualify as negligible, but I'm not an expert.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Once Again we see just how fragile these horses through imperfect breeding really are. It is a simple fact of GENETICS!!!!. First Harve de Grace, then I'll Have Another, then Union Rags and now Caleb's Posse. Are the people in the industry that uneducated. Shame on the industry, shame on the DRF and shame HRTV, TVG for not doing documentaries what is going on. Obvioulsly we need more GELDINGS like Forego and Kelso to save the sport. The Sport of Kings is now the Sport of Poor Bloodlines!!!
ECarlos727 More than 1 year ago
Once again someone with no real passion for the sport decides to chime in. You named four horses out of the thousands that compete in stakes races. Let me how that PETA thing works out for you.
Joe More than 1 year ago
I agree and disagree with you. Let's face it the sport needs these horses to run in theses Big races and compete against one another. Your talking about 4 potential favorites for the Breeders cup races in November that are now out. Yes of course different horses will step up and there will be a story line but how great would it be if I'll Have Another, Union Rags, Bodemeister etc were going up against the older horses in the Classic. I mean how bad did you want I'll Have Another to run in the Belmont. It's just sad that this alway's seems to happen and it's not helping the industry.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Well as a horse fan I do not want any horse to run who is heaven forbid injured. But I do think over breeding is responsible for a thinning of the blood. It almost happened to Collie dogs when everybody wanted that breed due to a TV show. Just for the record I loved Kelso a little horse who beat all the big shot horses of his era.
Ray Sousa More than 1 year ago
Thousands that compete in stakes races?,most of what we have competing in stakes races are glorified allowance horses at best,obviously when everybody drops out somebody else fills the races.its just a fact that all the execesive breeding to mr prospector and storm cat have led to slower more fragile animals,racing is the only sport were records are not broken on a regular basis,some records are around fo 30 years,that's unheard of in any other sport.the horses are simply slower and more prone to breakdowns,that's a fact.and no I'm not a fan of PETA I think their full of it .as are people who call themselves passionate fans and don't know anything about the horses,they are passionate gamblers who see racing and a casino as the same thing.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Well said but I never mentioned PETA. I have been a passionate fan of horse racing since Kelso and Carry Back
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Sir, I nevr mentioned PETA. So where in heaven do you cme up with your PETA thought. I have been a race horse fan since the great Kelso which probably is longer than you are alive!!!!!
Perl More than 1 year ago
Ridiculous. A horrible week for the sport of kings.