08/30/2012 2:16PM

Street Life retired after being injured in Travers


LEXINGTON, Ky. – Dual stakes winner Street Life, vanned off the track after the Aug. 28 Travers with a soft-tissue injury, has retired.

Jockey Jose Lezcano pulled up the 3-year-old Street Sense colt after the finish line at Saratoga. Street Life sustained a non-life-threatening injury in his left front pastern, trainer Chad Brown later said.

Hidden Brook Farm’s Dan Hall said Thursday that the colt will stay at Saratoga for the time being. “We just want to make sure he’s comfortable and okay to travel,” Hall said. “It was a pretty significant soft-tissue injury, so we want to stabilize it before we bring him home.”

Hall said the colt eventually would head back to Hidden Brook in Paris, Ky. THere are no stud plans yet for Street Life.

Hidden Brook paid $130,000 for Street Life at the 2010 Keeneland September yearling sale, and Robert and Janice MacNair’s Magnolia Racing Stables privately bought a half-interest in him after his second start, and first win, in February. He went on to win the Broad Brush Stakes at Aqueduct the following month and also finished third to Mark Valeski in the Grade 2 Peter Pan Stakes. More recently, he took the 1 1/8-mile Curlin Stakes at Saratoga on July 27. He retires with three wins in eight starts and a $237,735 bankroll.

Mueller Thoroughbred Stable bred Street Life out of the Grindstone winner Stone Hope, and he is her first stakes winner.

Ray Sousa More than 1 year ago
this talented crop of 3yos is unfortunately also somewhat fragile,its sad that what could have been great group of older horses has been reduced so drastically.can you imagine a the breeders cup with ill have another,union rags,bodemeister,paynter,alpha,gemolegist,street life,hansen together with some of the older horses like game on dude who just got beat by another good 3yo in dullahan.
JoyJackson21 More than 1 year ago
I agree the line up you presented for the Breeder's Cup would have been the dream line up for the race, and oh my, what could have been! Thankfully, we did get to see most of that line up run together in this year's Kentucky Derby, a fabulously thrilling race in itself. I'm grateful to have seen their grace and talent while it we had the chance. To me, the 2012 division is still the greatest crop of three year olds, both colts and fillies, in many years. It's been an honor to watch them race.
redboy More than 1 year ago
Its not Speed Speed Speed. Its GREED GREED GREED !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! thats what hurting the sport ,don;t believe me . How many Graded Stakes winning 3 year old geldings have been retired this year ,or any other year for that matter? You invest a 100k plus on a yearling ,get lucky and win a G1 stakes and the horse is now is primed for YEARS of Stud fees. where else can you potentially earn several hundred times your intial investment. Lets say horse X gets 30,000 per stud fee multiply that say times 30 mares are brought to him in a year thats $900,000 .if he only studs for 10 years thats 9,000,000 .. 9 Million equals Greed Greed Greed!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Marc Ferrell More than 1 year ago
With this horse only winning $237k he will be lucky to stand for $5,000 per year. He would be lucky to get 100 mares the first year, 75 the second and 50 the third, for aprox.$1.1 million minus advertising and expenses to care for him. So it is not as attractive as you say and most people breeding to him will take into account how he looks and what he did as a race horse. Now with a horse like Bodemeister, I was told Winstar syndicated him for $14 million but he was a totally different animal than Street Life and those do not come around every day and just like Ghostzapper if they do not produce runners with their first crop os 2 yr olds, they get cold real fast.
redboy More than 1 year ago
Im talking strictly top caliber G1 winners (ex,/Uncle Mo /Union Rags/Bodemeister/Ill Have Another,Calebs Posse and soon to be Hansen.and its effect on the sport Did or didnt Reddam scratch IHA from the Belmont ? He did . and retired him to earn millions.. Did Union Rags retire after the Belmont? Yes Why ? He finally got his Triple Crown race win after all the hype surrounding him since the Breeders Cup Juvy as well as being the futures Derby favorite. Retire on top and reap the benefits. As far as looks you may be somewhat right.but remeber looks are in the eye of the beholder! If a horse is a winner (ILL Have Another) he begins to look alot better!
Chantal Smithless More than 1 year ago
Another good three year old retired........say what you will about the tracks and the surfaces. I still say until owners stop insisting on breeding for speed, speed and MORE speed this is all you are going to continue to have happen year after year.. Oh, that and seeing how fast they can go as two year olds!
Tom Paige More than 1 year ago
Another disappointment in this three year old season. Wonder how many quality three year old horses are going to make it to the Breeder's Cup. Do they have these health and quality problems in Europe?
redboy More than 1 year ago
When are the Feds going to get involved.can't wait for the congressional hearings burning tax payer dollars so they can tell the general public whats good for nthe industry
JoyJackson21 More than 1 year ago
Such a shame. I thought Street Sense would need to be retired after the race when he was vanned off the field. This is just confirmation of that supposition. Street Sense is a talented horse and I'm very sorry to see he has to be retired. I wish Street Sense good fortune, fun and happiness in his retirement. Thanks for your valiant efforts, Street Sense.
Michaela Heair More than 1 year ago
Amy Hurley More than 1 year ago
Share your sentiments, but Street SENSE was retired a long time ago. Street Life was a useful horse, but not a Grade 1 type. Still, it's sad to see him go so soon.
Steve Schnell More than 1 year ago
Glad to see Joy has arrived with her non-"Sense" haha I made a joke!
JoyJackson21 More than 1 year ago
Sorry, I meant Street Life. It was late when I commented on this and I was tired and sleepy. My apologies for the slip in name. The sentiment is still the same, though. I am sad he has to retire, he's a talented horse.
Causes For-Horses More than 1 year ago
Dirt tracks!!! That's why these horses are "falling over like dominos". Compare the injury and attrition rate to to top class US horses with top class horses that run in Europe and the rest of the world. You run horses on harsh surfaces, they are going to get injured - drugs or no drugs. It really is as simple as that.
akhiym james More than 1 year ago
Horses in Europe run on turf. It's the natural surface for all horses so of course there won't be a lot of horses getting injured on turf but they get hurt on turf too it's just that dirt is a lil bit harder on their legs. Also you have to take account in how the US breeds and use meds. The genes aren't strong anymore
Steve Schnell More than 1 year ago
First off, years ago, when horses were injured, they rested, recuperated and returned to training. They were injured often as well... they just had an incentive to return at a later point. i.e. Seasbiscuit Second off, the race tracks are a reason these horses break down. Everytime there is a big race, the track is so souped up for speed, it's like running on concrete. That is harder on a horses bones, joints, etc. Put some cushion on the track! Who cares about how fast a horse runs the race in... worry about who gets there first, whether it's in 1:59 or 2:02.
Robert Smith More than 1 year ago
You're hitting the nail on the head. A lot of posters here dont like that. There is a section of race track between the 3/4 pole to the 5/8 at ( a famous track) thats been dubbed the graveyard. I personally have seen more horses die there than anywhere else. To a race track fast times are far more important than horse safety.
Zakk W. More than 1 year ago
These 3 year olds are falling over like dominos. Is this just a coincidence? Maybe a fragile crop of 3 year olds? Who knows, I guess that's the way the cookie crumbles sometimes.
Slew32A More than 1 year ago
Beside the drug factor the biggest reason is because in the past if a horse had genetic defects they wouldn't breed him. Now, as long as a horse runs fast they don't care that he was only able to compete maybe 2 or 3 times or that he inherited bad ankles or any other defect.
Eric Singer More than 1 year ago
Street Life, Paynter, Bodemeister, I'll Have Another, Union Rags - this very talented group of 3 years are all permamanetly sidelined. Doesn't this suggest some changes need to happen in the industry in regard to breeding and medication use? The emphasis on getting 2 year olds to run 20 seconds or less for 2 furlongs prior to sale does not seem to be doing the breed any favors. Focusing on speed over stamina is hurting the industry. Allowing sires who used race day meds to beed - allows horses with infirmities to pass them on. In France, England, Japan do you see 3 year olds being injured and retired at suych an alamrming rate? no! Are their horses as fast as ours on dirt? No. Increasing public confidence in our sport is paramount if the sport will continue to exist. Keep the meds and the breeding exactly the same maybe good for some trainers and owners today - but what about the future and what about the animals and their fans?
Paul_Tuon More than 1 year ago
I couldn't agree with you more, Eric; and there should be a national policy and not state-based policy, if we're serious about correcting the wrongs of the current mayhem. Something drastic has to happen sooner than later if we're going preserve the industry. I just hope a lot of people keep screaming louder and louder at the industry and eventually they will hear us and take us seriously.