Updated on 09/15/2011 12:17PM

Injury-plagued Hawksley Hill retired


INGLEWOOD, Calif. - Hawksley Hill, who won five graded stakes in the United States and was second in the 1998 Breeders' Cup Mile, has been retired, trainer Neil Drysdale said Friday.

An 8-year-old, Hawksley Hill was recently diagnosed with a strained ligament, prompting the decision. Hawksley Hill missed all of 2000 due to injury.

In his final start, Hawksley Hill finished second as the favorite in the Grade 2 San Francisco Handicap at Bay Meadows on April 28. Owned by David and Jill Heerensperger, Hawksley Hill began his career in England. Overall, he won 14 of 46 starts and $1,730,858.

"He was good fun," Drysdale said. "I'll miss him."

A gelding by Rahy, Hawksley Hill was at his best in 1998, the year he won five stakes and finished second by a head in a thrilling running of the Breeders' Cup Mile at Churchill Downs.

He won his final stakes in the 1998 Oak Tree Breeders' Cup Mile. He was first under the line in the 1999 Atto Mile at Woodbine, but was disqualified to fourth after jockey Pat Day hit a rival with a whip in the stretch.

Hawksley Hill made four starts this year. He won an allowance race at Santa Anita on Feb. 9 and finished in a dead heat for third in the Frank Kilroe Mile before starting in the San Francisco Mile.

Hawksley Hill was recently relocated from Drysdale's stable at Hollywood Park to Laura Cotter's lay-up center to be let down. Drysdale said that Hawksley Hill will later be sent to a farm for retirement.

Redattore out of Shoemaker Mile

Redattore, who won the San Francisco Mile Handicap, will miss Monday's $350,000 Shoemaker Breeders' Cup Mile because of a quarter crack, trainer Richard Mandella said.

Mandella said the quarter crack on Redattore's right front foot was detected Thursday. After soaking the foot for a day, Mandella realized Friday that Redattore would not be ready for Monday's race.

"There wasn't enough time to patch it," he said. "We'll be looking for something else for him in a couple of weeks."

Mandella mentioned two stakes on July 4 - the $250,000 Firecracker Breeders' Cup Handicap over a mile on turf at Churchill Downs and the $150,000 American Handicap over

1 1/8 miles on turf at Hollywood Park - as possibilities for Redattore. Mandella has also not ruled out a start on dirt.

Drysdale entry favored

The defection of Redattore, who was considered a leading contender, leaves the Grade 1 Shoemaker with a field of 10. The race was drawn Friday and is led by recent stakes winners Fateful Dream (Inglewood Handicap), Irish Prize (Fastness Handicap), and Spinelessjellyfish (Khaled Stakes).

The entry of Irish Prize and Touch of the Blues, who are owned by Sheikh Maktoum al-Maktoum and trained by Drysdale, are likely to go favored in a wide-open race. Irish Prize has won two stakes this year - the San Gabriel Handicap at Santa Anita in January and the Fastness Handicap on May 13.

Another leading contender is Brahms, who was third in the Woodford Reserve Stakes at Churchill Downs on May 5, and is the only shipper for the one-mile turf race.

The Shoemaker is part of a pick six that features a guaranteed pool of $1 million. Monday's pick six also includes the $100,000 Laz Barrera Memorial Stakes, a Grade 3 over seven furlongs for 3-year-olds.

The field of eight includes four 2001 stakes winners - Early Flyer (San Vicente Stakes), Skip to the Stone (Baldwin Stakes), Top Hit (Palo Verde Handicap at Turf Paradise) and Trailthefox (Zany Tactics Stakes).

The probable favorite is Squirtle Squirt, a winner of four stakes at 2 and an allowance race in his 3-year-old debut on May 2.

Millennium Wind eyes Swaps

Millennium Wind, the winner of the Blue Grass Stakes who finished a troubled 11th in the Kentucky Derby, resumed jogging earlier this week.

Trained by David Hofmans, Millennium Wind is being pointed for the $500,000 Swaps Stakes on July 15, the 3-year-old dirt championship of the spring-summer meeting.

Congaree, the winner of the Wood Memorial Stakes who finished third in the Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes, is also being considered for the Swaps, trainer Bob Baffert said.

Hofmans has not ruled out a start in the $150,000 Affirmed Handicap for 3-year-olds on June 17, but is more focused on the Swaps.

Millennium Wind was plagued by cracked heels and skin rashes in the build-up to the Kentucky Derby. Although they are still present, Hofmans said they have subsided in recent weeks.

"The two-week break helped him out," Hofmans said. "His skin looks better. He just needed time."