12/26/2013 3:04PM

New Year's Day, Breeders' Cup Juvenile winner, is retired

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Barbara D. Livingston
New Year's Day capped his season with this victory in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile.

ARCADIA, Calif. – New Year’s Day, the winner of the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile, has been retired because of a non-displaced chip atop the sesamoid in his left hind leg, trainer Bob Baffert announced on Thursday.

New Year’s Day had not raced since the Breeders’ Cup and was preparing for his 3-year-old debut in 2014. Baffert said the injury was discovered earlier this week at Santa Anita following a routine gallop, when the colt was not walking comfortably. Precautionary X-rays revealed the injury. Baffert said owner Gary West called him on Wednesday to tell him he had decided to retire New Year’s Day.

“It’s gut-wrenching for me,” said Baffert, who several times had privately said he thought New Year’s Day was his best Kentucky Derby prospect in years. On Thursday, he called New Year’s Day his best prospect, “at this time of year,” since Point Given, who lost the 2001 Derby but went on to be Horse of the Year after winning the Preakness and Belmont.

New Year’s Day raced three times. He finished third in his debut going 5 1/2 furlongs at Del Mar on Aug. 17, then returned 14 days later to beat maidens going one mile at Del Mar.

Baffert then trained New Year’s Day straight into the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile, in which he outran 12 others to win by 1 1/4 lengths at odds of 10-1.

Because of his Breeders’ Cup win, New Year’s Day is expected to be one of the three finalists for champion male 2-year-old when Eclipse Award finalists are revealed on Jan. 7. Voting closes on Jan. 3.

New Year's Day will enter stud at Hill 'n' Dale Farms in Lexington, Ky., for the 2014 breeding season, with a fee to be announced soon.

The colt was purchased by Gary and Mary West as a yearling for $425,000 at Keeneland September in 2012. He is by Street Cry out of the Dixie Union mare Justwhistledixie, a multiple Grade 2 winner.

“He is a horse that was beginning to reach his full potential, and his sire is one that gets a two-turn horse,” said Hill ‘n’ Dale owner and president John Sikura. “His dam could really run, and he is a favorite to win an Eclipse Award.

“Those are positives all along, and I have mixed emotions. I don’t know exactly what happened, but it just shows you how in the blink of an eye you can go from dreaming about the Kentucky Derby to discussing a stud fee for a soon-to-be turned 3-year-old. I feel very bad for the Wests – they get a horse this good and his career is abruptly interrupted.”

--additional reporting by DRF Breeding staff

Paul Aussenhofer More than 1 year ago
Wow! Take 3 days off due to being sick and miss ALL the fun. There have been some spirited debates on here (and not all pleasant). Like him or hate him, Baffert is truly the most polarizing person in racing! Any te there is an article about him or one of his horses and the debate roars. To everybody on here, please have a Happy New Year (and to the horse too) and a safe and successful 2014.
Pom DeTerre More than 1 year ago
there is a very serious omission from the DRF article that was included in the Bloodhorse announcement, and Bloodhborse has edited it out of the initial release.- it quotes owners as saying they didn't need to make any more money off the colt by running him and risking injury. so .I suppose they are donating every last dime of the stud fees (if someone is dumb enough to breed to him) to charity. they must have received a little flack on that comment.
Jackson Jackson More than 1 year ago
He's by a superior stallion from a good female family. Why hate on the horse just because you hate the trainer ? I don't think they care if you wouldn't breed to him with money you don't have .
Pom DeTerre More than 1 year ago
WHERE did I ever say I hated the trainer? Would I send my horses to him- Damn straight NOT- and that has nothing to do with my being in NY- iut YOU are twisting, manipulating and making ASSumptions that simply don't exist, perhaps because that's that part of your anatomy that does your outspoken, stinking thinking.
Pablo Colo More than 1 year ago
Pom DeTerre shut up you fool
Lefty More than 1 year ago
Wow! Being the Winner in the Juvenile or even a participant in this race is like making the Front Cover of Madden Football!
John Stevelberg More than 1 year ago
I think NYD saw Shared Belief and said wow - I think sex is more fun !
Hail No More than 1 year ago
Calling Diana Levy, I would very much appreciate your opinion on a 3yo being sent to the breeding shed, is he too young? I know 3yos are not completely developed physically, does this have an effect on their ability to throw good horses? I think Smarty was 3 when he started covering Mares and has thrown some good ones, but he certainly isn't the benchmark..Also, what do you think his fee might be, I think maybe 10K tops, as the BCjuvy isn't what I'd call a showcase for colts as future stars in the mating game. Thanks in advance..
Meydan Rocks More than 1 year ago
Mr Ed, RE: your comment… “You should simply reply rather than bore the other readers and show them some respect by not posting these personal letters for your own self gratification, which you could have easily achieved with one hand rather than using two to type this letter.” This is a public blog. I generally follow spicy conversations between posters EVEN IF I don’t comment. I also find it tiresome to drill down and read replies when time is short. In the absence of a common blog feature that allows me to “bump” up our communication I see no reason why I can’t respond to you with a fresh post especially when there are 130 plus posts here. I generally miss out on spicy conversations between posters EVEN IF I don’t comment. Unless there are blog rules (which I do not mean to break) that say we can’t start a new post in reply to an older post, I see no reason why I can’t do that. Even boring people such as myself do have the liberty to post even at the risk of boring our esteemed posters with “personal letters” (as you say I do) as opposed to me trying to be civil when referred to in unflattering terms. ;-)) Mind you, these “personal letters” contain subject matter initially inspired by the article above. Let’s continue to talk about New Years Day, shall we? Thank you! M.R.
Mr. Ed More than 1 year ago
Yet another personal letter to satisfy your own ego and self gratification. How selfish of all our time. I'll tell you the same. I'm not reading anymore of this childish nonsense. Have at it sport.
Mr. Ed More than 1 year ago
I always took you as a bit of a smart arse which is fine with me and that you give and take it. Never took you as a childish stalker. I stand corrected. Now go and shine Bob's shoes.
Meydan Rocks More than 1 year ago
LOLOL I'll GLADLY do it!!! PS: let me share this Calvin Coolidge quote with you. This is what I see when I read about the Bafferts and the Ramsey's of the world. “Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent. The slogan Press On! has solved and always will solve the problems of the human race.” ― Calvin Coolidge
Pom DeTerre More than 1 year ago
BOTH of you are ridiculous.
Meydan Rocks More than 1 year ago
Heheh! Pom DeTere, Thank you for acting as referee. Mr. Ed wasn't supposed to dive off the deep end and get all mad. This was merely two differing opinions. Ease up Mr Ed! ;-)
Jackson Jackson More than 1 year ago
Sorry Mr.Ed , but you aren't giving me the last word . I'm taking it :) Just like taking candy from a baby :) Have a nice day . Better luck next time .
Jackson Jackson More than 1 year ago
Mr. Ed , FuPeg doesn't appear in NYD's pedigree . He comes from the same female family . Do you know what female families are Mr. mare owner ? Funny you mention Northern Dancer . NYD is inbred 5x5 to Natalma the Dam of Northern Dancer thus he has the Rassmussen factor to Natalma. Native Dancer is Northern Dancer's broodmare sire. NYD is a tail male descendent of Native Dancer. Pedigrees have top and bottom sides . NYD's top side is every bit as good as Danzig's . The bottom side of NYD's pedigree is superior to Danzig's hands down. No serious student of pedigree would argue otherwise . Hours of research . It took me about 10-15 minutes of research to prove what I already knew tiger. :) Do you still want to claim I'm an idiot unable to reason that can't argue intelligently ? I'm not pouting Ed, I'm laughing . You are the one crying about getting harassed & stalked to Pom De Terre another clueless peta girl that I recognize from other blogs :) My posts are not incoherent . You just don't have the understanding of the subject matter to comprehend . To put it bluntly Ed , you're an amateur in the art of debate and on the subject of racing. Now pick up your rake and get back to mucking those stalls Mr. experience in the industry :)
Mr. Ed More than 1 year ago
Jackson - you cannot be serious - Jackson. You need to get a life. You've become a childish stalker with a serious problem. I've grown tired of you, not reading anymore of your incoherent ramblings. Have at it tiger.
Pom DeTerre More than 1 year ago
jacksom- you would be incorrect in your assumption- fupag appears in many ny pedigrees. go to equibase and check your facts
Jackson Jackson More than 1 year ago
NYD as in New Years Day .
Hail No More than 1 year ago
Oh, and PS, I have a lot more respect ( and put more value on their opinions about how a horse is doing of the horses they take care of) for grooms that muck stalls and hot walkers and exercise riders, than a bloviating posturer such as yourself...
Jackson Jackson More than 1 year ago
Funny Rob :) If all those stall muckers are such good players why are they mucking stalls ? I cash tickets . That's what I do on the front side. I don't need help from backside people to do it.
Pom DeTerre More than 1 year ago
"clueless peta girl? hardly Jackson. a) not a member & actually own fur coat b) how many TBs do YOU personally own? c) you can read a pedigree all the way back to 10 generations- or eclipse- if you want; jiust because a horse has famous ancestors, it does not guarantee a good cross, nor does it guarantee the horse can run. overanalyze and recite all you want- it's what happens at the wire, on the track that counts. Do you even know the difference between a fetlock, a forelock and a furlong?
Jackson Jackson More than 1 year ago
Well the horse in question could run . At the wire on the track he won 2 of 3 including the BC juvenile. I don't own TB's I bet them. Raise A Native would have been one not to breed to under your criteria . Maria's Mon would be another. I could recite lightly raced superior stallions all day long. You're a Baffert hater pure and simple. You don't know what you're talking about.
Pom DeTerre More than 1 year ago
I was at the BC Juvie and watched him close and win. What does that make him as a 3 yr. old- entitled?? After 3 lifetime starts and throwing chips already? Yeah- great breeding prospect there And what did Hansen do at 3 in the Triple Crown? Believe me sweetheart- I DO know what I'm talking about, and what I've discarded as crap is far more than your pea brain could ever hold. Go find a weaker person to victimize (i.e. bully), cuz you haven't a clue what your in for if you try to make me a mockery on this blog. your sense of superiority exists only in YOUR mind.... And again- your ASSumption of my opinion of Baffert is pure speculation, but that appears to be the part of your anatomy that does your thinking.
Pom DeTerre More than 1 year ago
and he obviously couldn't run- 3 races and he's finished.
Pom DeTerre More than 1 year ago
anyone who would breed to a 3 year old (as of next week) with only 3 starts and a sesamoid issue deserves to be robbed of their money. this is exactly what's wrong with 1/2 the crops produced for the last 15 years. and it's typical of the baffert barn. time to work on ruining the next one bob.
Mr. Ed More than 1 year ago
I agree with you. Actually he will not physically turn 3 until April 22. I have the same opinion and have been getting harassed by a bobette stalker for it.
Walt Gekko More than 1 year ago
Well: If the rules that are in place in Harness Racing were in place for T-Breds, New Year's Day would be allowed to stand his three year old season at stud (since it's obvious he would not be back until after stallion season), but if healthy would be required to return to the races for his four year old season. Jeff Gural (Meadowlands owner) implemented the rules (also followed by Woodbine Entertainment for Harness Racing) where horses have to return for their four year season and it had its desired effect in 2013 with virtually every top three year old of 2012 returning to race at four.
Pom DeTerre More than 1 year ago
agreed- unfortunately this is TB land... where people will wring out every last dime from their animal.
Meydan Rocks More than 1 year ago
Mr Ed, Glad tidings of the season to you too! "there is no crying in horse race posting", Yes. What you heard was a spirited opinion from a DIFFERENT angle than yours. You may have mistaken that difference in opinion as “crying” so here we go,… again. ;-)) You chose to see what you saw in your long list. I saw your list and saw something else that you didn’t highlight. No harm, no foul me olde pal! This is my point Mr Ed. Excellence comes at a price. ALWAYS. Show me ANY successful athlete at the HIGHEST LEVEL in ANY sport and I will show you a myriad of ailments to go with that success. Racehorses, ARE athletes. (Note to self: I hope Gronkowski gets better soon)! Regarding excellence. Yes, I bow at the feet of EXCELLENCE for I too try to survive in a business even more savage than horseracing. I appreciate those talented and tenacious enough to rise to the top of their professions. Regardless of who you think they are, it takes a certain dedication and “stick to it-iveness” (and luck) to achieve that. However, repeated excellence is NOT an accident. Find out how many 3 pointers Larry Bird made in his career. And then take a look at the 3-point shots he missed. Calculate the percentage of shots MISSED. And then look at that in relation to your original list. I bet you see some similarities. Let’s peel away all the acrimonious stuff,. And then let me say that I am told BY EXPERTS that Baffert is as close to a natural horseman as it gets. Not my assessment (for I am just a spectator) but the assessment of his peers. I know it hard to appreciate our competitors especially when they don’t use tactics that we don’t approve of or live by. That’s why these blogs exist. A healthy forum for spirited debate and differences. Happy New Year! Your ye olde pal, Meydan Rocks (Indeed)! PS: I love your first sentence. There is a certain poetry to it! ;-))
Mr. Ed More than 1 year ago
You should simply reply rather than bore the other readers and show them some respect by not posting these personal letters for your own self gratification, which you could have easily achieved with one hand rather than using two to type this letter. Your logic and reasoning has little to do with anything I said, other than we see success differently. You will not persuade me. You say at any cost, and I disagree. You respect that, I do not. As you are fond of sports analogies, I will speak to you in a manner you might understand. If a junior high school track coach is win at any cost and do anything to get to the big meet, you might not respect him. If he pushes them too hard and too early to achieve that goal, and when some get injured, just push another in it's place and keep the program going, you might not respect him. If he were to pump them full of whatever it takes to make them better, faster, and run longer, regardless of the cost to that young athlete you might not respect him. I don't respect him. So what, he has plenty fans like you who are more than willing to bow down to him and hang on every word. Now please respect the other readers and forego the long personal letters, and if you want to chat me up do it in a reply.
Jackson Jackson More than 1 year ago
Respect the other readers ? Like you do Mr.Ed ? With all the childish insults you hurl around when you get confused :) Sorry Ed . You don't like being replied to up top ? Thanks for letting me know. I'll be sure all my replies to your smoke and mirrors are right up top from now on. :)
Mr. Ed More than 1 year ago
Jackson, you hurled insults to me, calling me Mrs Ed. I eventually responded in kind after your incoherent ramblings. Grow up and stop pouting.
Mr. Ed More than 1 year ago
Could you be a bigger baby? I'll give you the last word on this childish nonsense as I've grown tired of you.