10/07/2015 5:29PM

Normandy Invasion retired

Barbara D. Livingston
Normandy Invasion has been retired to stud.

Normandy Invasion, a multiple graded-placed runner, has been retired from racing due to a suspensory issue, with stud plans to be determined.

The 5-year-old son of Tapit had recovered from a fractured sesamoid in his right front leg to race in 2015, but owner Rick Porter’s Fox Hill Farm noted on its Facebook page that the suspensory ligament that attaches to the sesamoid was at risk of coming loose, prompting the horse’s retirement.

Normandy Invasion finished his on-track career with two wins in 12 career starts for earnings of $551,900. Though he never won a stakes race, he earned runner-up finishes in the Grade 1 Wood Memorial Stakes, the Grade 2 New Orleans Handicap and Remsen Stakes, and the non-graded Carl Hanford Memorial Stakes. He also set the track record for a mile at Gulfstream Park in his 2014 debut, winning an optional claimer in 1:33.13.

Chad Brown trained Normandy Invasion for his first three seasons, including a fourth-place finish in the 2013 Kentucky Derby, and he was moved to the shedrow of Larry Jones for his final campaign.

The horse struggled with injury and illness throughout his on-track career, missing the second half of his 3-year-old season with a hoof abscess, then developing a lung infection at age four that caused him to race sparingly in 2014. He then fractured his sesamoid last October while training toward his comeback.

Normandy Invasion raced three times in 2015, finishing second twice at Delaware Park, including the Carl Hanford Memorial Stakes. His final start came in the Grade 1 Whitney Stakes at Saratoga, where he faded to seventh of nine.

Bred in Kentucky by the partnership of Betz/Kidder/Gainesway/Graves/D.J. Stable/Cole, Normandy Invasion is out of the unplaced Boston Harbor mare Boston Lady, who is the dam of three winners from six foals to race. He is from the family of Grade 2 winner Gull’s Cry, Grade 3 winners Gala Regatta and Derrianne, and English Group 1-placed Cordoba.

Frank More than 1 year ago
Maybe Chad was just learn the path to developing a 2-3yr -- but this horse was terribly managed. He had some talent but was never able to blossom -- they totally rushed this horse into the derby and ruined him....
mike More than 1 year ago
philcoforde More than 1 year ago
D-Day was quality when 100 %, which unfortunately, wasn't often. Glad he's retiring SAFE.
Ryan Soriano More than 1 year ago
never was much of anything. 2 wins and half a million dollars ? gotta love it.
mike More than 1 year ago
Ryan,silly comment from a typical better who cares zero about horses. This horse was injured for part of his career. Get a clue!