12/17/2012 5:33PM

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.”

Forego137 More than 1 year ago
Good call to retire, she has lost intrest in racing and is ready to move on to retirement. Look forward to seeing your babies on the race track.
Bridget Lind More than 1 year ago
I think she should have kept racing.
John Stevelberg More than 1 year ago
She had obviously tailed off or they would have run her in the RESTRICTED Subshine Millions which goes for a purse of $ 250-500 K (forget exactly).
nancybcastro More than 1 year ago
just starting to be amazed by an athelete, then it is time to breed. i hope she makes the best babies, not only ist year, but for many more to come..Enjoyed her career.
Cranky More than 1 year ago
I agree.
Jordan More than 1 year ago
Any horse that wins 4 grade 1s is a very good horse. No doubt. And to win a grade 1 in each of 3 seasons is a big accomplishment. I think the fact that she won the Hollywood Starlet as an undefeated horse added to the hype around her. Because I thought that her performance in the Starlet, her first major race, was more workmanlike than brilliant. After losing the gr.1 Las Virgenes to Zazu in her 3 year old debut, Turbulent Descent narrowly exacted revenge on that foe winning the 8.5 furlong gr.1 Santa Anita Oaks. I give major props to Puype and her owners then, Blinkers On racing stable, for resisting the lure of the Kentucky Oaks and other rich 2 turn races and keeping her sprinting. The fact that Turbulent Descent had distance limitations was reaffirmed when It's Tricky easily caught her and ran away with the one mile Acorn. Probably the highlight of Turbulent Descent's career was her facile win in the gr.1 Test. And she was fantastic racing over a deeply tiring Saratoga main track. But it was a race against other 3 year old fillies. Facing older in the BC Filly + Mare Sprint, and then again facing her age group in the La Brea, Turbulent Descent made menacing moves around the turn only to fade in the stretch. Some earlier comments expressed disappointment with Turbulent Descent's career. And, I suppose that if you look at her career since the Test, the Ballerina is just about all there is on the resume. As a fan of hers and someone who watched her development in SoCal, what disappointed me was races like last year's BC, when she made big moves on the turn without encouragement only to lose ground in the stretch. It baffled me some because of the fact she was a two-time gr.1 winner at 8.5 furlongs. The one thing that I more easily came to terms with is the fact that even when Turbulent Descent was not being hard ridden, she was pretty much giving it her all. Her first few victories, with Flores riding motionless, made it appear that she had unlimited talent. But in retrospect, we probably saw Turbelent Descent giving more than it appeared, at least until Flores wrapped up on her. Like in the Acorn, or the 2011 BC when TD made moves to the lead without encouragement only to falter signifcantly in the lane, TD was always trying hard in her races. Which leads to my final conclusion about TD's career. Maybe some folks did overestimate her talent or brilliance. But that really only came about because they underestimated her heart and professionalism. In my eyes, TD just simply wasn't an elite talent. But she was versatile and kind with shipping, and she would try. She was a true pro, a really classy pro.
Vinod Jhangimal More than 1 year ago
Well said. Kudos for putting it so eloquently.
Frank More than 1 year ago
Yes very well said -- you should of wrote the story instead of Welsch. You put much more effort into it then he did -- maybe DRF should hire you. Thanks for the story.
kevin More than 1 year ago
They should have kept D-Flow aboard for her starts once Todd Pletcher had her
B More than 1 year ago
Despite the Grade I wins, she disappointed far more than she pleased. At least to me. I guess at the beginning my opinion of her was larger than she was able to accomplish.
Mike Bilinskas More than 1 year ago
didn't take Toad long to ruin another one..
B More than 1 year ago
Ah, here we go! Like the other giants Lukas and Baffert, Pletcher is about to get a taste of how the public turns when one becomes too successful. I've never particularly taken to him so this does not bother me at the moment, but it is a curious trait of human nature.
Mario Vargas More than 1 year ago
Her dull performance sealed her doom where she shouldn't have belonged in the Breeder's Cup in the first place. Her form was tailing off and it was the decision to breed her. She'll make a fine dam. Good luck as a mom Turbulent D.