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US Gr1-Winner Pool Play Injured & Retiring To Stud
US trainer Mark Casse confirmed last month’s US Gr1 Stephen Foster Handicap-winning Canadian-bred 6YO entire Pool Play (Silver Deputy-Zuri Ridge, by Cox's Ridge) “has been diagnosed with a season-ending tendon injury that will likely mark the end of his career” & a future at stud, reported bloodhorse.com. Casse summed up: “Pool Play’s been the iron horse for us. He runs on dirt, he runs on grass, he runs on synthetic & has been really sound throughout his career. It’s tough, right now we’re pretty much in shock & it’s a big loss for us. But he has a really nice pedigree & will make somebody a wonderful stallion.” Pool Play (a US$60,000 weanling at the 2005 Keeneland November Sale, then a US$625,000 yearling at the 2006 Keeneland September Sale & finally a US$180,000 purchase at the 2008 Keeneland November Sale) recorded 6 wins (including June’s Gr1 Stephen Foster Handicap over 9 furlongs at Churchill Downs, plus 2010’s Canadian Listed Valedictory Handicap over 14 furlongs at Woodbine & 2009’s Canadian Gr3 Durham Cup Handicap over 9 furlongs at Woodbine) & 11 placings (including April’s Gr2 Elkhorn Stakes over 12 furlongs at Keeneland, plus 2010’s Canadian Gr3 Dominion Day Handicap over 10 furlongs at Woodbine, as well as 2009’s Canadian Listed Valedictory Handicap over 14 furlongs at Woodbine & Canadian Autumn Stakes over 8.5 furlongs at Woodbine) from 28 starts for US$909,556 earnings.