07/29/2013 11:48AM

Saratoga: Aubby K retired after being injured in workout

Barbara D. Livingston
Aubby K works Monday at Saratoga under Edgar Prado. She fractured a sesamoid while pulling up and has been retired.

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SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. - Aubby K, winner of the Grade 1 Humana Distaff at Churchill Downs during the spring, has been retired after fracturing a sesamoid while pulling up after a routine workout here on Monday.

A 4-year-old daughter of Street Sense trained by Ralph Nicks for owner-breeder James Spence, Aubby K was being pointed for the Grade 1 Ballerina here later this summer. She retires with a record of 4 wins from 9 starts and earnings of $435,004.

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Edgar Prado was aboard Aubby K during the workout.

“She was pulling up after the work when Edgar said he heard something pop,” said Nicks. “She broke the base of her sesamoid off. It happened after she completed the work. He almost had her pulled up when it happened.”

Nicks said plans were for Aubby K to run through this season, after which she was either going to be sold or bred.

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“Jim and I will talk tomorrow and decide whether we’ll sell her privately or run her through the ring in the fall,” said Nicks on Monday. “She was a very, very good racehorse who unfortunately had a spotty career, but she’s been very good to me. She gave me my first Grade 1 win as a trainer and was one of the best horses I’ve trained on my own.”

Aubby K rallied from just off the pace to register a 1 1/2-length victory over Burban in the Humana Distaff May 4. Seven weeks earlier, she became a graded stakes winner for the first time when she cruised to victory in the Grade 2 Inside Information at Gulfstream Park. She made the final start of her career in Arlington Park’s Grade 2 Chicago Handicap on June 29, finishing third as the 8-5 favorite.