11/21/2016 3:20PM

Not This Time retired to Taylor Made

Barbara D. Livingston
Not This Time has been retired from racing due to a soft-tissue injury.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Not This Time, one of the early favorites for the 2017 Kentucky Derby, has been retired to stud at Taylor Made Farm in Nicholasville, Ky., after being diagnosed with a soft-tissue injury to his right foreleg. The stunning announcement of the colt’s retirement was made Monday afternoon by Taylor Made.

Not This Time finished a fast-closing second in the Nov. 5 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile at Santa Anita in his final start. Trainer Dale Romans had been elated with how the colt progressed throughout his career and often cited him as quite possibly the best horse he had ever trained in his 30-year career.

In a news release, Romans said in part, “… it’s a real shame to see him leave the barn before we got to see him fulfill his enormous potential, because there’s no doubt in my mind he was as good of a Kentucky Derby contender as there is out there.”

Campaigned by the Albaugh Family Stable of Iowa, Not This Time finishes with 2 wins from 4 career starts and earnings of $454,183. Prior to the Breeders’ Cup, he won the Grade 3 Iroquois by 10 1/4 lengths at his home base, Churchill Downs.

Not This Time, by Giant’s Causeway, will begin his stud career in 2017 at Taylor Made, which acquired a 50 percent interest from the Albaughs earlier this year. He will stand for a $15,000 fee.

Wagering on Not This Time in Pool 1 of the Kentucky Derby Future Wager was suspended prior to the Thursday opening of the pool. The confirmed lineup of individual wagering interests had been released just prior to the Taylor Made announcement.

CarloCampanella 10 months ago
First off, when you say $15k Good Luck- you must know nothing about how the beeeding industry actuallly works...

He's a son of major sire Giants Causeway, so in the world of breeding, $15k is almost at the bottom - you really can't find a well bred, stakes winning stud for under $5k and you have top studs at $300k

When you're talking about lesser horses going to stud - NOT talking about the American Pharohs here- but horses under the $25k stud fee, it doesn't matter what they set the fee at. First year cheaper studs are built the same way- first, the farm will breed a bunch of their own pedigreed mares to him, so he has a classy group of mares in his first crop. Then, they'll end up making it known to associates that anyone who owns a stake winning mare and wants to breed the first year will either get a FREE breeding or a very reduced price. You use these tactics to get better mares than he's normally get regardless of the fee and if he's any type of stud at all, his foals from these first stakes mares will win early and win stakes- at that point, they set the true fee that he'll stand for during his stud career.
Michael Infurna More than 1 year ago
$15k?? Good luck!!
Kyri Freeman More than 1 year ago
The 15K fee seems awfully high considering that multiple GSW Tourist, who has a strong multi-surface pedigree and retired sound after having won the BC Mile, is going to start at 12.5. SMH
Joe Rockhold More than 1 year ago
Has to be due to the fact that he's a 1/2 to Liam's Map.  That's the only thing I can think of.
Molly Julia More than 1 year ago
Not This Time Looked Like Another Shackleford For Dale Romans - Maybe Next Time Could Be His Next Horse?
Frank More than 1 year ago
thats why horse racing should never race a 2yr horse!

Its sad to see this -- just think if he wasnt a stakes winner or stud prospect where he would be going - the sport will never fix itself -- it will just fade into the sunset...

john gardner More than 1 year ago
That's a shame. This young colt seemed to have a promising career, I know Dale Romans was sure high on him. And he looked really awesome winning in a romp at Churchill in the Iroquois. Wish him well, 
Joel Firsching More than 1 year ago
Eskandereya had a soft tissue injury just before the derby.  Another giants causeway.  Dont the causeways run better in europe ?
Allen Halstead More than 1 year ago
Was on the top of my Derby short list.Sad to cross him off the list as it is with would be contenders every year.