06/05/2013 3:40PM

Hollywood Park: Interaction, Strong Suit retired from racing

Shigeki Kikkawa
Interaction wins the San Juan Capistrano. A 7-year-old Argentine-bred, he won 7 of 23 starts and $714,463.

INGLEWOOD, Calif. – Interaction, the winner of the Grade 2 San Juan Capistrano Handicap at Santa Anita in April, and Strong Suit, a four-time stakes winner in England, have been retired to stud, their trainers said on Wednesday.

Interaction was nominated for Saturday’s $200,000 Charles Whittingham Handicap at Betfair Hollywood Park but has been retired because of an ankle injury, trainer Ron McAnally said. The injury was detected in late May after Interaction resumed workouts following the San Juan Capistrano.

“He had some filling in an ankle,” McAnally said. “It turned out to be a tear.”

Interaction, a 7-year-old Argentine-bred horse by the Storm Cat stallion Easing Along, won 7 of 23 starts and $714,463. He is out of Inter Rails, a mare by Ride the Rails.

Owned by Jose Cerillo and Federico Fantini Jr., Interaction won five stakes, including three Group 1 races in Argentina. His most prominent victory in the Southern Hemisphere was the Group 1 Carlos Pellegrini Stakes in December 2009. The Pellegrini is the older horse championship in South America.

The San Juan Capistrano was the most prominent of Interaction’s two wins in 11 starts in the United States. McAnally said that Interaction will be retired to stud in the Southern Hemisphere.

Strong Suit, a winner of 5 of 16 starts and $548,649, was recently sent to a local farm until his stallion status is finalized, trainer Simon Callaghan said.

A 5-year-old Arkansas-bred by Rahy, Strong Suit was winless in two starts in the United States – a 10th-place finish in the 2011 Breeders’ Cup Mile at Churchill Downs and a 10th in the Grade 2 Arcadia Stakes at Santa Anita in February.

Owned by Qatar Racing, Strong Suit was sent to Callaghan last winter with the intent of trying him in Grade 1 races over a mile in Southern California this year.

“We hoped by sending him here it would reenergize him, but things didn’t happen,” Callaghan said. “Everyone forgets how brilliant he was on his day. He won at Royal Ascot twice.”

In England, Strong Suit won three Group 2 races. At Royal Ascot, he won the Group 2 Coventry Stakes for 2-year-olds in 2010 and the Group 3 Jersey Stakes in 2011.

Callaghan said discussions are taking place with stallion farm owners in several countries about a potential stud deal for Strong Suit.