12/20/2012 5:13PM

Group 1 winner Scalo retired following injury



International performer Scalo, a Group 1 winner in Germany, has been retired following a sesamoid injury.

Owner Michael Ostermann of Gestut Ittlingen, who campaigned Scalo as a homebred, said the 5-year-old Lando horse will begin his stud career at Haras du Logis Saint Germain in France, with a stud fee to be announced.

Scalo, a Gestut Ittlingen homebred, was voted by the public as 2010 German Horse of the Year based on a win in the Group 1 Preis von Europa and two Group 3 wins in that country. He also captured that year’s Group 2 Prix Guillaume d’Ornano in France. In 2011, Scalo won the Group 2 Gerling-Preis in Germany and finished second in the Group 1 Gran Premio Di Milano in Italy.

This year, Scalo traveled to Canada for his final three starts, checking in third in the Grade 2 Sky Classic Stakes before finishing unplaced in the Grade 1 Northern Dancer Turf Stakes and Canadian International Stakes. He retires with six wins from 14 career starts and $589,565 in earnings.

“Scalo was one of the best horses I have owned,” Ostermann said. “He has all the right attributes for a successful stallion career. We will send him our mares and are looking forward to his new career at stud.”

Out of the stakes-winning Exit to Nowhere mare Sky Dancing, Scalo is a half-brother to Group 3 winner Sexy Lady and to Group 3-placed winner Scolari. It is the family of Eclipse Award candidate and multiple Grade 1 winner Wise Dan.