04/05/2012 5:17PM

I Want Revenge retired from racing

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Tom Keyser
I Want Revenge has been retired from racing at the age of 6.

The star-crossed I Want Revenge, winner of the 2009 Wood Memorial, has been retired from racing, owner Michael Iavarone confirmed Thursday.

I Want Revenge suffered from a throat issue that compromised his breathing and led to him being scratched out of an overnight stakes at the gate at Aqueduct on March 11.

“He retired sound,” Iavarone said. “For whatever reason, he displaced. We could do a throat surgery on him, but we gave he gave him every chance. When he developed that problem, he’s probably telling us something’s not right.”

Iavarone said he had not yet made a deal with any farm to stand I Want Revenge.

I Want Revenge, a son of Stephen Got Even, retired with a record of 3-3-6 from 14 starts and career earnings of $928,000.

He began his career racing for his breeder, David Lanzman, before IEAH bought into the horse following his victory in the Grade 3 Gotham. After overcoming a stumbling start to win the Wood, I Want Revenge went to the Kentucky Derby as the favorite but was scratched the morning of the race due to an ankle injury.

I Want Revenge was the subject of a bitter legal dispute between Iavarone and Lanzman that ended with Iavarone buying Lanzman out of the horse.

I Want Revenge made six starts since returning from that ankle injury, finishing third in the Suburban and Iselin in 2010, second to Hymn Book in an overnight stakes at Belmont in May 2011, and second to Redding Colliery in the Evening Attire in January.

Rachel Taylor More than 1 year ago
I LOVE I Want Revenge, from the beginning I could see his presence and stature was beyond beautiful. Unfortunately injuries are par for the course in racing but I'm grateful that his past and present owners made every stride to keep him sound. You would be a fool not to consider any of his foals as contenders.
Carol Ware More than 1 year ago
My favorite horse.....hope he is doing OK
Noelle Penshorn More than 1 year ago
What a great horse. This is a beautiful horse
James More than 1 year ago
Slew2A..would you breed to this horse..... Finished second in the BC Juvenile but got hurt and did not return until October of the following year. Wins the comeback race but is injured in his next race and never races again because he can't take training. Well....that horse was Storm Cat. You never know with these things. Its not like IWR is a bleeder (that we know of) or has had breathing problems all along. He got injured during training (I guess), and the breathing thing has just happened in his 6 year old year season. I don't see any reason not to breed to him.
Slew32A More than 1 year ago
First, he's 6 and ran how many times? Second the times he has run I take the performances with a grain of salt due to the connections. Third, I'd rather take the word of a used car salesman than the guy from IEAH. I'm not singling IWR per say but if you frequent the comments for this publication then you will know the consensus is that to many of this type are being bred passing their bad genealogy down the line to the detriment of the sport.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
And I agree 100% with those sentiments. I'm just saying there doesn't appear to be anything drastically physically wrong with him along the lines of hoof problems, bleeding, breathing problems or that sort. Any horse can get a tendon injury. Or a chip or what have you. It happens. And no I don't trust IEAH, Mullins, Dutrow et al. But it doesn't seem that breeders/buyers have doubted their opinion or have questioned what Big Brown may have been running on.
Slew32A More than 1 year ago
Well here's the argument we we've been having about racing. This horse is NOT sound and is just the type that should not be bred so as to pass his infirmities on.
avlamal More than 1 year ago
has to be one of the most overrated wannabe s of all-tome what a disappointment
Pom De Terre More than 1 year ago
It is the right thing for the horse. Agree with Jordan- he never came back to form after the injury. I hope that the same will not be true of Animal Kingdom. These animals are not machines, and IWR's connections should be applauded for putting the horse before the dollar.
Babette Cade More than 1 year ago
A horse I badly wanted to come back in great shape. Was so terrific moving to New York from California before the Derby and very unfortunate to scratch out of it. Beautiful animal and a shame he could not be brought back to form. They certainly tried and had to try to get the horse as accomplished as possible before retiring to stud. Let's hope his forte is the breeding shed. Best of luck.
Jordan More than 1 year ago
He was just never the same after the injury. He continued to train well, and in his races would look like a winner on the far turn.. But when he really had to lay it down, he just didn't, and thus he usually lost ground in the stretch. A breathing problem makes sense, or maybe he just didn't feel comfortable fully exerting after the injury. Either way, the post-injury I Want Revenge was a shell of the horse that won the Gotham and Wood.
David Craighead More than 1 year ago
Another one bites the dust !, I've followed his career and watched him from the start. He' s just one of those horses who seemed to have problem after pro- blem and that's unfortunate for him and his connections. Hopefully, he'll have a better stud career and produce some decent babies. I wish his connections and I Want Revenge the best in the future. Love sincere fan !!!