World Champion Quarter Horse One Dashing Eagle will not race at 3
One Dashing Eagle, who was named the 2012 World Champion Racing American Quarter Horse after a record-setting 2-year-old campaign, has been retired to stud at Lazy E Ranch in Guthrie, Okla.
A 3-year-old, One Dashing Eagle will stand for a fee of $12,750. The arrangement was finalized on Friday, two days after the championship announcement.
One Dashing Eagle retires after winning three seven-figure futurities in California and New Mexico and setting a single-season earnings record of $2,079,065. One Dashing Eagle won 6 of 7 starts in 2012, and was named overall champion 2-year-old and champion 2-year-old colt.
Racing for Jorge Carmona and brothers Jose and Gustavo de la Torre, One Dashing Eagle won the Ed Burke Million Futurity at Los Alamitos in June, the All American Futurity at Ruidoso Downs in September, and the Golden State Million at Los Alamitos in November.
In the fall, One Dashing Eagle underwent surgery to have bone chips removed from a knee and ankle. At the time, Carmona and the De la Torres were contemplating whether to retire One Dashing Eagle or bring him back for a 3-year-old season in 2013.
By One Famous Eagle, One Dashing Eagle was the first 2-year-old to be named World Champion since Stolis Winner in 2008. One Dashing Eagle lost his career debut in April, and then won six consecutive races, including time trials for the three futurities that he went on to win.
And this is what would happen if thoroughbred racing ever saw its chosen one. The second the horse did enough to be acclaimed the chosen one, off to the breeding shed. The financial side of things makes it ridiculous to race a horse like this, unless it's a gelding or female, or the owners are already amazingly wealthy and want to run for the sport of it. I'm not blaming anyone for retiring a horse like this, just lamenting the state of racing. As long as horses are worth more bredding than racing, we'll never see a horse stay on the track long enough to build up the accomplishments(Triple Crown and then a post-Triple Crown campaign) and fanbase needed to transcend the sport.
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