04/23/2012 9:19AM

Santa Anita: Grade 2 winner Crossing the Line retired at 10


Crossing the Line, a 10-year-old gelding, Grade 2 winner, and for years a favorite at the John Sadler barn, will leave on a winning note. After taking 10 of 20 starts including the Del Mar Mile Handicap in 2007, Crossing the Line has been retired, Sadler said on Sunday.

Crossing the Line won the final start of his career March 22, a $25,000 claimer on the Santa Anita downhill turf course, and was named claimer of the meet at the winter season that concluded Sunday.

“He was one of our favorite horses,” Sadler said. “If he hadn’t had some physical stuff that set him back, there is no telling what he would have done. He could have been a Breeders’ Cup horse.”

Crossing the Line is owned by Richard Templar’s Doubledown Stables. After winning 2 of 3 in New Zealand, he arrived in the U.S. where he won his first three starts including his only graded stakes race August 2007 at Del Mar, racing a mile on turf in 1:32.59.

After winning the Del Mar Mile, Crossing the Line did not race again for more than two years, and returned as an honest claiming horse. “He had a lot of problems as he got older,” Sadler said. “We gave him a lot of time off, managed him well, and we had a lot of fun with him.”

Sadler said he and Templar are in the process of finding a home for Crossing the Line, who earned $376,448. He finished in the money in 17 of 20 starts.