12/17/2012 6:33PM

Gulfstream Park: Turbulent Descent, multiple Grade 1 winner, retired

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Barbara D. Livingston
Turbulent Descent, here with exercise rider Hector Ramos, will be bred to War Front.

HALLANDALE BEACH, Fla. - Trainer Todd Pletcher confirmed Monday that the multiple Grade 1 winner Turbulent Descent has been retired and will be bred to War Front this spring.

Turbulent Descent won Grade 1 races at 2, 3 and again this year at 4. Her first two Grade 1 victories came with trainer Mike Puype, and the most recent, the Ballerina this summer at Saratoga, came after being transferred to Pletcher following her purchase by Coolmore during the summer. Turbulent Descent’s final start came in the Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Sprint at Santa Anita, where she finished seventh behind Groupie Doll.

Pletcher had been pointing Turbulent Descent to the Florida Sunshine Millions Filly and Mare Sprint on Jan. 19.

“After kicking it around, we felt she was a filly who has accomplished so much, we didn’t feel winning a race like the Sunshine Millions would add any more to her value as a broodmare,” Pletcher said. “And we wanted her to retire while she was still healthy and doing well.”