11/05/2014 3:04PM

Pontchatrain, Top Kisser retired

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Shigeki Kikkawa
Pontchatrain wins the Buena Vista in February at Santa Anita.

California stakes winners Pontchatrain and Top Kisser have been retired and will be bred in 2015.

Pontchatrain finished seventh in the Grade 2 Goldikova Stakes at Santa Anita last Sunday. Following the race, Craig Bernick of owner Glen Hill Farm said on Twitter that it was time for Pontchatrain "to be a mom" and that the 4-year-old was having breathing difficulties.

By War Front, Pontchatrain won 6 of 10 starts and earned $446,392 for Glen Hill Farm and trainer Tom Proctor. Pontchatrain won four consecutive turf stakes from September 2013 until February of this year.

She won three stakes on Santa Anita's hillside turf course – the Unzip Me Stakes, the Grade 3 Sen. Ken Maddy Stakes, and the Grade 2 Monrovia Stakes – before a win in the Grade 2 Buena Vista Stakes over a mile in February. Pontchatrain was sidelined with an injury after that race.

Top Kisser, a 5-year-old by Old Topper, won three stakes this year and ended her career with a win in the Grade 3 L.A. Woman Stakes at Santa Anita on Oct. 4. Trainer Jerry Hollendorfer said on Wednesday that it was unclear whether owner Tom Stull would breed Top Kisser in Kentucky or at his Tommy Town Thoroughbreds farm in California.

Top Kisser won 7 of 14 starts and earned $407,100.

Daniel Peters More than 1 year ago
I want my money back.. That is fraud. If I had known that (As you did) I never would bet on the horse.. Trainers license should be revoked for running unsound horses. I want my money!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Daniel Peters More than 1 year ago
It would be nice to know your horse breathing problems priar to the race.. I want my 100 bucks back !!
lserpFL More than 1 year ago
Wow breeding another horse with problems just what the racing industry needs more bad foals!
Patricia Doyle More than 1 year ago
Yeah and at high prices too. If the foal sold for $800 might be OK for small time owner but they go for big bucks and never show much return. That will be one foal who needs Lasix.
J Vette More than 1 year ago
Since they knew that she had breathing problems, HOW in the world did they run her, she was 2nd choice, & everyone who bet their hard earned money on her was basically, was betting a horse that could not win..... ANOTHER BLACK EYE FOR RACING WHERE is the C.H.R.B. to PUNISH these people ????????
Patricia Doyle More than 1 year ago
If a horse has breathing problems why isn't it mandatory to disclose such a thing to the betting public? Should have to appear on the pps each time she races. Then, we can make an educated decision to either bet her or not. She probably would be an OK bet for rounding out a mulltibet exacta or trifecta, superfecta but win? nope.
Laura More than 1 year ago
so Pontchatrain has breathing difficulties and somewhere else her owner mentioned that she had some physical problem, needed surgery, and had had surgeries back since she was two years old, PLEASE DO NOT BREED HER!!! take care of her, give her a gelding buddy and a pasture to romp in, but no matter her race record, her problems SHOULD NOT be passed on to another generation this isn't complicated, people, we decry the reduced number of starts horses have these days, this is part of the reason why, breeding unsound horses with known problems, what do you think is going to happen? please be part of the solution, not part of the problem
Patricia Doyle More than 1 year ago
It is incumbent upon prospective horse owners to check out all of the problems a horse and the horses lines have had. IF they breed her to a stud who has breathing problems as well, the foal would be a real plodder with a lot of lines between races. I suppose it gives a starting owner a place to start at $4000 or $5,000 claimers. ...and end there too unles they have to go to Delta Downs or some other track that has $2,500 claimers. Does not bode well for the industry. We need more stakes quality horses not plodders.
Gene Martin More than 1 year ago
You are kidding here, right????? ALL racehorses have some kind of infirmiries, as do any athlete, human or equine!! Often they happen when a horse takes a bad step or is jostled. If you wanted to breed injury free athletes, there woud be no breeding. As far as breathing, there is ZERO proof that is hereditary. Stress, lack of fitness as well as many other factors can lead to different breathing problems. There is no mention what KIND of breathing problem was found. Breeding racehorses has occured for hundreds of years, sit back and enjoy the majestry of the sport and stop telling pople far more experienced and knowledgeable what they should do.