09/16/2014 10:58AM

German Group 1 winner Sea the Moon injured, retired


German star Sea the Moon, the antepost betting favorite for the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe before a surprising defeat Sept. 7 in the Grosser Preis von Baden, has been retired because of an injury.

Details regarding the setback haven’t been disclosed, but Sea the Moon was reported to be in an equine hospital early this week. There was no indication that his physical problem was more significant than career-ending. His trainer, Marcus Klug, conceded before the Grosser Preis von Baden that Sea the Moon had dealt with what was termed a minor injury this summer after scoring a brilliant win in the Group 1 Deutches Derby on July 6.

The Deutches Derby win made Sea the Moon 4 for 4 in his career, and the nature of it catapulted him into Arc favoritism. Racing under Christophe Soumillon on one side of the homestretch at the Hamburg course while his 17 rivals stuck to the other side, Sea the Moon scored an 11-length victory despite being geared down in the final furlong.

But in what would be his career finale, Sea the Moon could not repeat that success, finishing second after being run down by the unheralded 4-year-old Ivanhowe.

By Sea the Stars and out of the Monsun mare Sanwa, Sea the Moon was bred and owned by Gestut Gorlsdorf, whose principal, Heike Bischoff, purchased the dam in foal with Sea the Moon. Stallion plans have not been set.

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