09/07/2010 3:19PM

Midshipman retired at age 4


Darley has retired former juvenile champion Midshipman, winner of 5 of 8 lifetime starts.

The 4-year-old last ran at the Meydan racecourse in Dubai, winning by more than three lengths on Feb 25. Midshipman arrived back in the United States in April, but a recurring soft-tissue injury kept him away from the races. Darley announced his retirement on Tuesday.

Robert and Janice McNair’s Stonerside Stable bred Midshipman and raced him early in his career. But he was part of a package deal when the McNairs sold virtually all of their assets to Sheikh Mohammed al-Maktoum in September 2008. Midshipman’s first race for Maktoum’s Darley Stable was at the 2008 Breeders’ Cup, where he sealed his championship bid with a victory in the Juvenile.