04/18/2012 10:24AM

Churchill: Breeders' Cup runner-up Country Day retired


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.