01/21/2009 12:00AM

Proud Tower Too retired once again


Proud Tower Too, winner of the 2006 Dubai Golden Shaheen who returned to training last fall at Sunland Park with his connections hoping for another appearance in that Group 1 race, has been retired and will stand at stud this season in New Mexico, his trainer, Sal Gonzalez, said on Wednesday.

It will be the second retirement for Proud Tower Too, who in 2007 was sidelined with a tendon injury.

"He came up with some filling in it, and we decided to stop on him," Gonzalez said Wednesday. "We're going to stand him in New Mexico, and maybe next year he'll stand in California."

Proud Tower Too, who in 2008 stood stud at Tommy Town Thoroughbreds in California before his return to training, was nearing his first race since February 2007 after turning in a strong series of works in December.

Proud Tower Too, a 7-year-old by Proud Irish who captured the Grade 1 Malibu in 2005, earned $1.7 million during his career. He is to stand at Tricar Farms in Anthony, N.M., for a private fee, according to Gonzalez.