09/13/2014 9:23AM

Cross Traffic retired, will stand at Spendthrift

Barbara D. Livingston
Cross Traffic retires with 3 wins from 6 starts and $687,967 in earnings.

Cross Traffic, the winner of last year’s Grade 1 Whitney Invitational, has been retired and will stand his debut season at stud at B. Wayne Hughes’s Spendthrift Farm in 2015. His stud fee will be $15,000, the farm announced.

Cross Traffic, a 5-year-old son of Unbridled’s Song, emerged last year as a top contender in the male handicap division with a close runner-up finish to Sahara Sky in the Grade 1 Metropolitan Handicap, followed by his win in the Whitney. He was pointed to the Breeders’ Cup Classic but finished seventh in the Grade 1 Jockey Club Gold Cup and was then diagnosed with a shin injury. He did not start this year.

Owned by T. Paul Buhlman’s GoldMark Farm, which purchased him as a yearling for $300,000, Cross Traffic retires with 3 wins from 6 starts and $687,967 in earnings. He is out of the multiple Grade 1-winning Cure the Blues mare Stop Traffic, who has also produced two other stakes horses.

“Cross Traffic had as much brilliance as you’ll find in a horse,” Todd Pletcher, who trained Cross Traffic, said in a statement. “It takes a special talent to do some of the things he did so early in a horse’s racing career.”

Abel Montoya More than 1 year ago
Some horses are lucky to race one time. I think this horse did good and Pletcher did the right thing. I have an unbridled song filly and she got a suspensory problem at 3 yrs old and I'm retiring her too.
Em Duett More than 1 year ago
Went out to see CT at the farm today. They tried to get him last year, but I assume the connections thought he'd make a comeback.
mike More than 1 year ago
Part of what is wrong with horse racing.....soooo many people just whine and complain no matter what happens. So angry about losing your money at the track, you have to complain about horses being retired.
Larry Kaufman More than 1 year ago
another unsound pletcher horse retired to stud
Tim Roberts More than 1 year ago
Retired? Didn't he retire last year?
Maya Joffe More than 1 year ago
He is a handsome horse...in my opinion.
rahman Williams More than 1 year ago
Is this even news by now
Mickey More than 1 year ago
older then 3 plus Pletcher = retirement
Dee R. Eff More than 1 year ago
Good ones that aren't gelded rarely if ever race past 4. Safe to say Pletcher has had a lot of good ones.
Joyce and Brad More than 1 year ago
Pretty pathetic when a 5 year old with only 6 starts and 1 significant win commands $15K. Pletcher should have made some comment about why only 6 starts, lack of soundness?
B More than 1 year ago
Completely forgot about him. What a boring weekend of racing. Last week too. Fascinating article in Handicapper's Edge yesterday about how much damage the BC has done to fall racing.
B More than 1 year ago
That article is still running. It's interesting.