07/23/2015 2:31PM

Multiple Grade 1 winner Carpe Diem retired

Barbara D. Livingston
Carpe Diem has earned more than $1.5 million in his racing career.

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. – Carpe Diem, the winner of the Grade 1 Blue Grass Stakes at Keeneland in April, has been retired.

According to WinStar Farm president and chief executive Elliott Walden, Carpe Diem injured his right knee. Owned by WinStar and Stonestreet Stables, Carpe Diem will stand at stud in 2016 at WinStar Farm in Versailles, Ky.

Carpe Diem has not started since finishing 10th, beaten 11 lengths by American Pharoah, in the Kentucky Derby. A son of Giant’s Causeway, Carpe Diem had been pointed for the Belmont Stakes but was withdrawn from consideration the week of the race when he wasn’t training well enough. As a 2-year-old, Carpe Diem won the Grade 1 Breeders’ Futurity at Keeneland.

Carpe Diem also captured the Grade 2 Tampa Bay Derby in his 3-year-old debut. He retires with four wins in six starts and earnings of more than $1.5 million.

Barbara Banke, owner of Stonestreet, noted that Carpe Diem won at Saratoga in his debut before getting his Grade 1 wins at 2 and 3.

“Carpe Diem offers breeders a great opportunity with conformation, speed, and stamina all packaged within an outstanding pedigree,” she said.

Walden said: “Carpe Diem is as good as any young horse WinStar has ever been involved with, and it’s always bittersweet when you retire a colt of his quality, particularly knowing we likely never got to see his best.

“In the Kentucky Derby, we were in perfect position, but when he switched leads going into the far turn, I felt something wasn’t right. After missing the Belmont, we brought him home to evaluate him and try to get him back for the Haskell. However, a chip finally revealed itself in the lower joint of his right knee, and that can be problematic.”

sewabastion More than 1 year ago
Oh for the old days. fix them see you next year, prove you are as good as we think you are. Loved this horse, So sad.
Frank More than 1 year ago
He was a derby flop this year. Sounds like they are using this injury as an excuse for him running so bad in the derby. I mean come on what kind of horseman are these winstar guys and Pletcher even. They really want us to believe the injury came in the derby and since then they have been working this horse (almost went in BEL) and was planning to go in Dandy and they didnt know about this chip??? Either they are lying or they are really bad horseman to not diagnose the injury sooner.
TheGaddFather More than 1 year ago
Frank! Please allow me to be Frank with you ! You are a fool for saying this .. The owners and trainers know what they are doing, and they are being honorable towards this womderful colt by retiring him .. This years triple crown field was the toughest its ever been since 78 2 years after my birth .. To say they are using the injury to cover something up is silly.. Theyre just trying to do right by that colt by allowing him to retire gracefully into stud .. This is a business, and you cant make any money off a horse if its dead because someone pushed it beyond its limits toward an early grave .. I watched Carpe Diems career unfold. Carpe Diem was A GREAT COLT .. I would have bet against Cali Chrome if Carpe Diem was racing against him .. Now what they are doing to Cali Chrome is a shame .. They are idiots for pushing that horse like the way they do .. I think its perfect timing to retire Cali Chrome to stud rather than race him to his grave like theyre considering doing
mike More than 1 year ago
Gaddfather- Are you serious? A horse retiring @ three with six or seven TOTAL RACES? It's all about breeding,not racing.
mike More than 1 year ago
Frank, believe it or not agree with EVERYTHING in your comments on Pletcher and Winstar. You're on point!
kingsailor2 More than 1 year ago
This horse was so exciting to watch race. It couldn't have been operated on?
Larry Kaufman More than 1 year ago
run the horses hard at 2 and break them down at 3 and retire. and this pattern repeats itself year after year.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
So, what do you intend to do about it. AK47
mike More than 1 year ago
Tell me,how did it work out regarding your dumb drivel with CA Chrome doing to 'stand at stud in NY for $2500. Guess your reply will be something to the tune your knowledge exceeds Taylor Made Farm. Obvious they saw something in him. Man up and admit you were wrong.
Frank More than 1 year ago
I think CA Chrome should stand in ORE for a fee of $1500. CC wont produce anything -- he reminds me of Mister Friskie back in the 80s -- very good horse with a lot of heart on the race track with bloodlines that didnt produce anything....Thats why CC will race again @ 5. Tell me Mike - How far back in history do you have to go for a dual classic HOY winner to still be racing @ age 5???
mike More than 1 year ago
You friggin crybaby "so called fans" are whiners. You cry when a horse is retired at three and when a horse like Chrome is coming back at an amazing five-instead of being glad,it's a slam. BOTTOM LINE: Taylor Made sees something you and your brother doesn't.
Robert Clayton More than 1 year ago
The New ABC's of Racing: A) Lose B) Make Excuse C) Retire
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Robert Clayton's ABC's of betting A) Lose B) Make Excuse C) Repeat Kick Out The Jams