07/20/2012 6:20PM

Del Mar: Belle Royale retired after injury

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Belle Royale, with Joel Rosario riding, wins the Gamely.

DEL MAR, Calif. - Belle Royale, the winner of the Grade 1 Gamely Stakes at Hollywood Park in May, has been retired and sent to Kentucky to be bred next year, trainer Simon Callaghan said.

Callaghan said earlier this month that Belle Royale had suffered a tendon injury that jeopardized her racing career. After consulting with veterinarians, Callaghan and owner Michael Tabor opted to end her racing career, which included 10 wins in 26 starts and earnings of $358,231.

She raced primarily in England, and made two starts in the United States, beginning with a win in the American Beauty Stakes at Santa Anita in April.

“It’s very disappointing,” Callaghan said. “She’s as good a filly as I’ve trained. We thought she’d be a major factor at the Breeders’ Cup at the end of the year.”

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