10/26/2014 4:54PM

Capo Bastone withdrawn from Breeders' Cup, retired


Grade 1 winner Capo Bastone has been withdrawn from Breeders' Cup consideration and retired due to filling in his left front ankle.

The 4-year-old son of Street Boss, who raced for Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners, was among the pre-entries for the Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile. He is scheduled to be sold as a stallion prospect at the Fasig-Tipton Kentucky fall selected mixed sale Nov. 3 in Lexington, Ky.

"Our partners were very much looking forward to running Capo Bastone in his third consecutive Breeders’ Cup race, but he came up with some filling in his left front ankle on Friday morning," Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners President Aron Wellman said in a release. "While he’s 100 percent sound, he’s simply been too good to us for us to take any chances.”

Capo Bastone was multiple Grade 1-placed as a 2-year-old for trainer John Sadler, highlighted by a third-place effort in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile. Transferred to Todd Pletcher's care following that season, the colt scored his biggest career victory in the Grade 1 King's Bishop Stakes last year at Saratoga. He ran unplaced in last fall's Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint.

Winless this year, Capo Bastone retires with three wins from 17 starts for earnings of $731,756.

“Capo Bastone has been a tremendous campaigner, carrying the Eclipse colors to the top of the mountain when providing our partners with the ultimate thrill in the King’s Bishop at Saratoga,” Wellman said. “He was a fast colt at age 2, 3, and 4 and possessed a brilliant turn of foot. We’ve been honored to be associated with such a talented and classy colt, and we look forward to following Capo Bastone in his new career as a stallion.”

RunningDog More than 1 year ago
Do think this horse was mismanaged. He was a nice horse but he always seemed pitched a bit too high. One thing to take a shot but they never let this guy get any confidence. Can't imagine he could stand in ky off his body of work.
TRacingLifeMore More than 1 year ago
If The Green Monkey can be a stud, most any horse can.
TRacingLifeMore More than 1 year ago
I still don't get why DRF doesn't default to the Classic option if I pick Classic. I have no use for the tablet optimized new interface.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Hundred percent agree.
TRacingLifeMore More than 1 year ago
Capo Bastone had a fine career. Horses don't have to always win for their racing career to be successful.
DD PR More than 1 year ago
Owner and trainer expected too much of this horse and didn't perform as such. I just remember he won a big race due to pace breakdown BUT overall was a low class horse.
mike More than 1 year ago
Says the "low class" troll.
Tim More than 1 year ago
This horse was always entered in over his head. I always wondered when they would drop him in class, but now he's retired. A very very poor mans CALEB'S POSSE with his deep closing style in sprints, but gotta hand it to him he always showed up to the races.
k More than 1 year ago
Agreed If he had connections without the deep pockets who can afford to run him over his head,this horse would have won many more races.
DD PR More than 1 year ago
Agreed. Butcher ruined this horse.