08/02/2011 11:35AM

Victor's Cry, Grade 1 winner, retired to stud

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Victor's Cry, winning the Citation last year, retires with earnings of more than $700,000.

Victor’s Cry, the winner of the Grade 1 Shoemaker Mile in 2010, has been retired to stud because of concern over the condition of his ankles, trainer Eoin Harty said on Monday.

Stallion plans have not been finalized, Harty said. Victor’s Cry, 6, won 6 of 24 starts and $762,021.

“He’s showing some wear and tear on those ankles,” Harty said. “I didn’t want to jeopardize his future career.”

Owned by Bob and Michele Billings, Victor’s Cry had his best season in 2010, winning the Shoemaker and the Grade 2 Citation Handicap, both on turf at Hollywood Park.

“He was a top-class miler,” Harty said. “[The Shoemaker] and the Citation were his two best races. He beat genuine Group 1 company.”
This year, Victor’s Cry made three starts, including a fifth in the $5 million Dubai Duty Free at Meydan and a third in the Shoemaker Mile in his last start on July 2, finishing behind Courageous Cat and Caracortado.

Victor’s Cry had not worked since the Shoemaker Mile, leading to the decision to end his racing career.