06/24/2012 2:17PM

Manhattan winner Desert Blanc retired with tendon injury

Barbara D. Livingston
Desert Blanc (right) outfinishes Papaw Bodie to win the Grade 1 Manhattan earlier this month at Belmont Park.

Desert Blanc, winner of the Grade 1 Manhattan Handicap at Belmont Park on June 9, has been retired from racing due to a tendon injury, his connections announced Sunday.

Trainer Chad Brown said he noticed some inflammation in the 4-year-old Desert Blanc’s tendon about a week after the Manhattan and an ultrasound “revealed what we were hoping not to hear,” Brown said. “That he has a large lesion in the center of his tendon.”

Brown said the prognosis was not good for Desert Blanc to return “to the level where he is now so we went ahead and retired him.”

Brown said that Peter Bradley of Bradley Thoroughbreds, a bloodstock agent who helped buy the horse from European connections last year, will be in charge of making stallion arrangements for Desert Blanc, a son of the Irish-bred Desert Style out of the Indian Ridge mare Lumiere Rouge.

 “It’s very disappointing,” Brown said. “I’ve been lucky to be around a lot of top grass horses and this horse ranks right up there near the top of the list. We had big plans for this horse.”

An English-bred son of Desert Style, Desert Blanc won 3 of 5 starts in France when trained by Pascal Bary for the Moussac family.

The horse was purchased by Bradley on behalf of Swift Thoroughbreds, Mackie Racing and Vintage Thoroughbreds and turned over to Brown during the winter.

In his North American debut, Desert Blanc broke slowly and rallied to finish second to Boisterous in the Grade 3 Fort Marcy at Belmont on May 5.

Five weeks later, he outlasted a late-running Papaw Bodie to win the $500,000 Manhattan by a nose.

Desert Blanc retired with a record of 4-1-1 from 7 starts and career earnings of $428,133.

“We’re very proud of that horse,” Brown said. “He showed what he was made of in the Manhattan. I hope someone gives him a shot [as a stallion]. He’s a class act.”

DrSmoke120 More than 1 year ago
All this talk a out a stallion career for a horse who could only make it to the gate 7 times before he went lame. Why would you want to breed to a horse that couldn't make it to the post any more than 7 times.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Didn't Malibu Moon make like 2 starts as a 2yo before being retired? I think Maria's Mon only made 7 starts too. Domino started it all. Never been a more apply named horse. Horses should have to make a minimum number of starts before they can breed.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Our horses need to be all natural like the ones in Europe. They don't allow anything.
amory_gillian More than 1 year ago
7 starts??? sound?
amory_gillian More than 1 year ago
7 starts! what a sound horse he is!
Stephen Jeffers More than 1 year ago
So comes here and races twice and boom...broken down!! I cant even begin to think what that really tells us about US racing So bonne chance Blanc ! And have a good time with the mademoiselles ici They wont be French so not so much ooh la la but Im sure you'll make it work
tazcat1973 More than 1 year ago
He beat papaw bodie by a nose. It's not like papaw bodie is anything special.
Paul Patane More than 1 year ago
Had this horse keyed Belmont Day, what a shame. Wouldve been a player at the Spa come July. Too bad.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I had Blanc and Papaw in the pick 4 but not Union Rags. I had a $12 exacta Blanc/Papaw but if Papaw gets up I would have had a $24 exacta. And I'm pretty sure the exacta would have paid more had in come in the other way too. It was hard to be mad at the time but that nose cost me at least a grand.
JoyJackson21 More than 1 year ago
I'm so sorry to hear of this happening to Desert Blanc. I was impressed by his win in the Manhattan. He is a talented horse who showed courage when he raced. He had a short career, but we definitely appreciated him. I hope he's given a shot at being a stallion too, just as his trainer voiced in the interview. Thank you, Desert Blanc. Great work!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Thank you Desert Blanc for winning on Belmont day.
Perl More than 1 year ago
Agreed. And what a thrilling race it was. The horse showed courage slicing in between horses mid-stretch and refusing the let Papaw Bodie get past him.
Glen More than 1 year ago
I hope this horse has a good retirement at a nice farm. Seems like too many are breaking down after a short racing career. At least let him have a good rest of his life. He was impressive.