07/03/2009 12:00AM

Le Havre, French Derby winner, retired after injury


Le Havre, winner of this year's French Derby, has been retired to stud after failing to recover from a tendon injury sustained when he won the Prix du Jockey-Club on June 7.

A 3-year-old son of Noverre, trained by Jean-Claude Rouget for owner Gerard Augustin-Normand, Le Havre had preceded his 1 1/2-length victory in the 1 5/16-mile French classic with a victory over French juvenile champion Naaqoos in the listed seven-furlong Prix Djebel before finishing second to Silver Frost in the Poule d'Essai des Poulains, or French 2000 Guineas. Bred in Ireland by Team Hogdala and Anna Sundstrom, Le Havre sold for $135,000 at the Deauville Arqana yearling sale in August 2007. More recently he had been quoted as low as 12-1 for the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe, although he was being aimed for a tilt at the one-mile Prix Jacques le Marois at Deauville on Aug. 16.

During his brief career he won 4 of 6 starts for earnings of $1,397,335. Plans for stallion duty have not yet been made.