10/19/2012 1:31PM

Woodbine: Musketier, 10, calls it a career

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Barbara D. Livingston
Musketier retires with six graded stakes victories and earning of more than $1 million.

ETOBICOKE, Ontario - Musketier didn’t exactly go out with a flourish. But the 10-year-old horse did come home safe and sound after finishing last of seven in the 50th and final start of his career in Keeneland’s Grade 3 Sycamore Stakes over 1 1/2 miles of turf on Thursday.

“He just kind of galloped around there to say goodbye to his own stomping grounds,” said Roger Attfield, who took over as the trainer of Musketier after the horse finished third in in Aqueduct’s Red Smith Handicap in the fall of 2007. “You could tell right out of the gate that he wasn’t into it. Johnny [Velazquez] looked after him. When he came back to the barn he was bucking and kicking as if to say, ‘Goodbye, it’s time for my retirement.’”

Musketier, who had made his first 24 starts in France, had come out of the Red Smith with a condylar fracture and did not return to action until February of 2009.

“We put three screws in there,” said Attfield. “The surgeons did a good job.”

Good enough for Musketier to make another 25 starts for Attfield and win six graded stakes races, all at 1 1/2 miles on the turf, including three editions of Woodbine’s Singspiel, two Elkhorns at Keeneland, and a W.L. McKnight at Calder.

Musketier’s latest Singspiel success came this year, a notable achievement for a horse of his age, and he retires with a record of 11-7-6 for earnings of $1.14 million.

‘He’s been very, very good to all his connections,” said Attfield. “We’re in the process of finding him a home. Hopefully, he’ll find a home where he can cover a few mares.”