08/21/2011 5:30PM

Del Mar: Aggie Engineer's racing days are over

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Aggie Engineer, shown winning the San Pasqual earlier this year, has been retired.

Aggie Engineer, who won two graded stakes last winter and placed in three other stakes in a 21-race career, has been retired, co-owner Roberta Williford said on Saturday.

A 6-year-old gelding bred and raced by Williford and her husband, Ward, Aggie Engineer finished sixth in the Grade 2 San Diego Handicap at Del Mar on July 30 in his final career start. The decision to retire Aggie Engineer was made after the Willifords and trainer Paddy Gallagher watched him train in recent weeks.

“He’s not been going well down here,” Roberta Williford said. “I decided to retire him. I don’t want to take a chance.”

Aggie Engineer won seven races and earned $394,280, but had suffered from an arthritic condition during his career, Roberta Williford said. Earlier this year, Aggie Engineer was third in the Grade 2 San Antonio Handicap and finished ninth in the Santa Anita Handicap. Aggie Engineer won the Grade 3 Native Diver Handicap last December and the Grade 2 San Pasqual Stakes last January.

Injuries prove fatal for Canani filly

Kicken Off, a 4-year-old filly who had one win in seven starts, was euthanized on Saturday from the effects of a fall in the third race on Aug. 17, track officials said.

Kicken Off clipped heels and fell near the quarter pole of an allowance race over 1 1/16 miles on turf. She was vanned back to trainer Julio Canani’s barn with concern over a shoulder injury at the time. Canani said on Saturday that Kicken Off’s condition had deteriorated by Saturday morning when the decision was made to euthanize the filly.

Juniper Pass needs time to heal

Juniper Pass, a two-time stakes winner at Santa Anita in the spring, is sidelined with an apparent bone bruise, trainer Ray Bell said over the weekend.

The injury was detected after Juniper Pass finished fifth in the Grade 2 Arlington Handicap at Arlington Park on July 9. He was promoted to fourth after race winner Tajaaweed was disqualified for a medication violation.

Juniper Pass has been turned out to a local farm until late September, Bell said.

 “He came out of the race in Chicago with what the vet described as a bone bruise,” Bell said. “He said it could turn into a fracture if we didn’t give him time off.”

Owned by Robert and Betty Irvin, Juniper Pass, 3, has won 4 of 13 starts and $292,930. He won the San Luis Rey Stakes on a sloppy main track in March and the Grade 2 San Juan Capistrano Handicap over about 1 3-4 miles on turf in April.

* Jockey Brice Blanc will not ride from Thursday through Saturday, having dropped an appeal of a three-day suspension he was given earlier at this meeting.