06/17/2016 2:26PM

Slumber probably will be retired

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Debra A. Roma
Slumber, winning the Manhattan Stakes last year, has earned almost $1.5 million.

ELMONT, N.Y. – Trainer Chad Brown said that although all diagnostic tests on Slumber came back negative, the 8-year-old likely will be retired from racing. Slumber was vanned off after finishing eighth in the Grade 1 Manhattan on June 11.

“No fractures, no soft-tissue injuries,” Brown said. “Right now, we’re giving him some downtime to evaluate his future. My gut tells me that the horse has done enough that he’ll likely be retired, but we’re going to at least commit to giving him a month layoff and think about it. But that’s the way I’m leaning, and the owners are okay with that.”

If he is done racing, Slumber, a son of Cacique, retires with a record of 5-6-5 from 27 starts and earnings of $1,477,162. He won the Manhattan in 2015.

Brown said that Flintshire, the winner of the 2016 Manhattan, has been back to the track for three days “and is moving great.”