09/10/2012 10:12AM

Woodbine: Eternal Rule retired with suspensory injury

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Eternal Rule has been retired from racing due to a suspensory injury.

ETOBICOKE, Ontario – Eternal Rule, who recorded the biggest win of his career in last Friday’s $250,400 Presque Isle Mile, was vanning out to the New Bolton Center in Pennsylvania on Monday after suffering a career-ending suspensory injury.

“That’s where they say they have the best chance to save him,” said Sid Attard, who trained the homebred 4-year-old gelding for Don Myers.

Eternal Rule returned to Ontario late Friday night and had been under the care of Dr. Darryl Bonder at the nearby Toronto Equine Centre.

In the Presque Isle Mile, Eternal Rule scored by a length after leading throughout under Jesse Campbell.

“The jock thought he took a bad step just past the wire,” Attard said. “He galloped out and seemed fine when he came back for the picture. But in the test barn, he was really sore.

Eternal Rule won six of his seven starts, including previous stakes wins here in the six-furlong Achievement and in Presque Isle’s 5 1/2-furlong Karl Boyes Memorial. He earned $467,040.

His only loss was a second-place finish here in the Grade 3, 6 1/2-furlong Bold Venture, where he was beaten a head by Canada’s reigning male sprint champion Essence Hit Man.

Sherwin Root More than 1 year ago
Very nice horse, hope he'll be ok. Special thanks to the owner for making the effort to save him, despite his being a gelding. Not all owners would do the same.
Frank More than 1 year ago
you've highlighted the main problem with this sport which is why it will continue its decline for many years with this new generation coming of age. "despite his being a gelding. Not all owners would do the same." -- and who knows if this guy will. He is NOT a horse like Paynter or Barbaro so he will fall out of news and we will never know the truth.
martymar . More than 1 year ago
aww sad to hear he is retired, as long as it's not fatal injury