03/18/2011 3:32PM

Grade 1 winner Rigoletta retired with tendon injury

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Rigoletta, winner of the Grade 1 Oak Leaf, will become a broodmare in Kentucky this spring.

ARCADIA, Calif.– Rigoletta, the winner of the Grade 1 Oak Leaf Stakes at Hollywood Park last fall, has been retired because of a tendon injury and will be bred this spring in Kentucky, trainer Dan Hendricks said.

Rigoletta was diagnosed with the injury after finishing sixth in the Grade 3 Honeybee Stakes at Oaklawn Park on March 12. Owned by Thor-Bred Stable, Rigoletta was not sent back to Hendricks’s base at Santa Anita, but to Kentucky. Stallion plans had not been finalized as of Friday, Hendricks said.

“She came out of the race with a real slight tendon,” Hendricks said. “It’s enough there was concern. They’re settling on a breeding right now and looking at different ideas and what to do.”

By Concerto, Rigoletta won 2 of 6 starts and $184,070. She won her second start, against maidens at Del Mar last August, and was third in the Grade 1 Darley Debutante over seven furlongs before scoring a 32-1 upset in the Oak Leaf Stakes over 1 1/16 miles last October.

Hendricks had hoped to start Rigoletta in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies at Churchill Downs last November, but the filly was sidelined with a splint-bone injury. Before the Honeybee, Rigoletta finished fifth in the Grade 3 La Habra Stakes at Santa Anita in her turf debut.