10/18/2011 3:51PM

Santa Anita: Graded stakes winner Get Funky retired


The honest 8-year-old veteran Get Funky, whose 11-for-45 career was highlighted by wins in the Grade 2 Del Mar Derby and Grade 3 Morvich Handicap, has been retired from racing trainer John Sadler said Tuesday.

Sadler and owner Keith Abrahams claimed Get Funky for $62,500 from his second start in April 2006 and raced him for six years as he gradually went up the class ladder before gradually going back down. In his most recent start Oct. 15, Get Funky finished ninth in a $25,000 claiming race on the hill.

“We’re going to miss the heck out of him,” Sadler said. “He’s like my pal, I love that horse and [Abrahams] felt the same way.  We’re going to find a good home for him.”

Although he won the nine-furlong Del Mar Derby in 2006, Get Funky was best in turf sprints, and always in the hunt running short on grass. In addition to the 6 1/2-furlong Morvich at Santa Anita in 2007, Get Funky won the 2008 Robert Kerlan at six furlongs on Hollywood turf and 2008 Green Flash at five furlongs on the Del Mar turf.

The well-managed veteran lost a step in his later years, but remained competitive while he was lowered into the claiming ranks. His most recent win was a $25,000 claiming race in June at Hollywood. Get Funky earned $781,675 and retires as the all-time leading money earner by the stallion Straight Man.

◗ Spaniard, an allowance-class 5-year-old sired by Candy Ride and a half-brother to champion filly Indian Blessing, has been retired according to trainer Bob Baffert. “He came up with an injury that was going to need six months. We’re looking for a home for him,” Baffert said. Spaniard, owned and bred by Hal and Patti Earnhardt, won 3 races and $144,197 from 11 starts. He won a second-level allowance Oct. 2 at Santa Anita.