10/14/2013 1:23PM

Dullahan retired due to tendon injury

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Tom Keyser
Three-time Grade 1 winner Dullahan has been retired by owner Jerry Crawford due to a tendon injury.

Dullahan, a multiple Grade 1 winner and half brother to Kentucky Derby winner Mine That Bird, has been retired from racing due to a tendon injury.

The 4-year-old Even the Score colt will be shipped to WinStar Farm in Versailles, Ky., where he will rehab from his injury under the guidance of farm trainer Richard Budge. He will be available for inspection at the farm as stud plans are determined in the coming weeks.

A $250,000 purchase at the 2010 Keeneland September yearling sale by owner Jerry Crawford and Donegal Racing, Dullahan broke his maiden in his fifth start, the Grade 1 Dixiana Breeders’ Futurity at Keeneland Race Course. He concluded his juvenile campaign with a fourth-place finish in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile at Churchill Downs.

At 3, Dullahan returned to the scene of his maiden win to clinch his place in the 2012 Kentucky Derby, taking the Grade 1 Blue Grass Stakes at Keeneland. He then finished a late-closing third in that year’s Kentucky Derby to I’ll Have Another and Bodemeister.

The colt picked up arguably his biggest victory in the summer of his sophomore season, beating older rivals in the Grade 1 Pacific Classic Stakes at Del Mar. He set a new track record in that race, covering 1 1/4 miles in 1:59.54 over Del Mar’s all-weather Polytrack surface.

Dullahan was sent to Dubai in early 2013 to compete in the Dubai World Cup, and then returned to the races in North America during the summer, finishing third in his comeback effort, the Grade 3 Arlington Handicap at Arlington Park. He finished eighth in the Pacific Classic in his final start.

Dullahan retires with three wins in 18 career starts – with all three of those wins coming in Grade 1 races – for earnings of $1,735,901. He was trained by Dale Romans.

“Dullahan is the most spectacular-looking horse Donegal has ever campaigned and that takes in some territory,” said Crawford, managing partner of Donegal Racing. “Not many horses win three Grade 1s for their owners but that is what Dullahan did. 

“In my eyes he is from a similar mode of stallions like Tiznow, Candy Ride, Indian Charlie, or Harlan’s Holiday as all of them were great race horses whose sires weren’t perceived to be commercial at the time of their retirement,” he continued. “We believe that Dullahan has many attributes equipped to make him an excellent sire.”

Bred in Kentucky by Phil Needham, Judy Needham, and Bena Halecky, Dullahan is out of the unraced Smart Strike mare Mining My Own, whose three winners from four foals to race include the aforementioned Mine That Bird, a Canadian champion. He is also a half-brother to stakes winner Brother Bird.

Forego137 More than 1 year ago
Dullahan promised more than he delivered, he was all looks and just wasn't as good as they thought he would be. Good luck in retirement and most likely he won't get much intrest in the breeding end..........
Gaye Goodwin More than 1 year ago
Three Grade 1s and someone says, " no talent"...
Mark D More than 1 year ago
I give Dale Romans all the credit for getting the most with a horse that had no talent.
mikey More than 1 year ago
He was the Dave Kingman of horse racing.A home run or nothing
sjm80s . More than 1 year ago
He made for some good underlays.
not impressed More than 1 year ago
This guy will likely end up in another country for stud duty. With only winning on Poly track surfaces, it will limit his opportunities here. Sad to say, but there it is. But he was never consistent enough for me to figure into a breeding program.
TEDK215 More than 1 year ago
he was never quite the same since they took Kent off him. still had nice earnings though.
Union_Rags More than 1 year ago
Dullahan, you done good.
B More than 1 year ago
Sorry he's injured, but glad he's off the track. What a money burner this one has been consistently throughout his career.
rahman Williams More than 1 year ago
So true, they should of run him at keenland only. Too bad that would be three races a year. Pacific classic was big win. Should of never went to Dubai.
LeslieH0101 More than 1 year ago
Dubai is synthetic; it was a reasonable plan as D won only on synthetic courses
Lawrence Vaccarelli More than 1 year ago
he was a throw out more times than the trash..lmao
chad mc rory More than 1 year ago
You are tough on him Vaccarelli. Now he'll go for about fifteen thousand a throw one-hundred times or so every year.
rahman Williams More than 1 year ago
Cost me some as well, was the post time favorite in Belmont last year finished 7th.
chad mc rory More than 1 year ago
Here's to a great job by Fox and Romans. With all three wins in Grade 1's no one could have done a better job with this Colt.