07/31/2012 6:15PM

Saratoga: Calibrachoa retired

Tom Keyser
Calibrachoa ran his last race in a repeat victory in the Grade 3 Tom Fool at Aqueduct in March.

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. - Calibrachoa, one of the top sprinters in the country since the winter of 2011, has been retired, trainer Todd Pletcher confirmed on Monday. Calbrachoa became a five-time Grade  3 winner after being claimed by owner Mike Repole for $40,000 during the fall of 2010. A son of Southern Image, he also finished third here last summer in the Grade 1 Vanderbilt and third in the Grade 1 Cigar Mile in his 2011 finale. He had not started since successfully defending his title in the Grade 3 Tom Fool at Aqueduct in March.

“He’s been a really good horse to us, a top class sprinter. He just had a couple of physical issues we could not overcome, so we just decided to call it a day,” said Pletcher.

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chad mc rory More than 1 year ago
To DRF, Please stay with this story and let us know where he'll retire...
Thomas Cook More than 1 year ago
This horse earned every bit of his retirement. Gutsy runner with a lot of heart. Nice to see Pletcher do what's right.
Peter May More than 1 year ago
Caleb's Posse and now Calibiricoa? Damn. The dirt mile division really looked powerful this spring. Not so much now...
Michaela Heair More than 1 year ago
Damn..another favorite out. These 2yo are looking nice this year at the least
Bwell More than 1 year ago
I like this horse!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Here's to Todd, doing the right thing by a warrior who deserves it. And he went out a winner, which is always a bonus.