04/18/2012 10:24AM

Churchill: Breeders' Cup runner-up Country Day retired

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Country Day, second in the Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint last fall and a three-time stakes winner of more than $500,000, has been retired after incurring a stress fracture in a recent workout at Churchill Downs.

Owned by the Klein family of Louisville and trained by Steve Margolis, Country Day won 7 of 19 starts and earned $503,829 when racing exclusively in sprints on dirt, turf, and synthetic. He won his final race, the Feb. 25 Colonel Power Stakes at Fair Grounds.

Richard Klein said Country Day was particularly dear to his family because he is named for a high school in their hometown that the Kleins strongly support and has produced many of the area’s best and brightest people. “Everybody knows about Country Day,” he said.

Klein said the family is seeking a suitable stud farm for the 6-year-old horse, a homebred by Speightstown out of the stakes-winning mare, Hidden Assets.

rvraynmary More than 1 year ago
I will miss Country Day. He will be in my heart and chart file forever more because of his second-place finish in the BC turf sprint. I had him in serious wagers for win, place, show, exacta, trifecta and super. All paid handsomely. I also bet him to win in his final race at Fair Grounds. Wishing him well at stud.
Richard Klein More than 1 year ago
I am the managing partner of Country Day. He has been a special Horse for me and my family. Everbody that came into contact with him left with a special feeling. He will be greatly missed at the barn as well as the races. I know that he will make us all proud of him as a stallion and we look forward to seeing his babies run. Thanks again for the kind words.