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Hong Kong Star Facing Retirement
Two-time Gr1 Hong Kong winner California Memory (Highest Honor-Kalpita, by Spinning World) may be retired after injuring his right foreleg last Sunday, reports scmp.com. The talented 7YO's stellar racing career may be over after scans of his injured leg revealed a significant issue that will rule him out of the Longines Hong Kong International Races next month. The 4-time Gr1 winner returned to scale after his fast-finishing fourth in the Gr2 Jockey Club Cup at Sha Tin last Sunday with soreness in his right front fetlock, which left trainer Tony Cruz fearing the worst. "It's a very significant injury to his suspensory and his future is certainly in doubt," Cruz said. "He's a horse who has always had problems with his joints, right from the time he came into the yard, and the Jockey Club vets did a great job to keep him coming up but this could be the end." Cruz said that what California Memory now required was plenty of rest and that he would adopt a wait-and-see approach, but he was realistic about his prospects of returning to the track. "I couldn't rule out the possibility of racing again but for that to happen he would need to show some good improvement and pretty fast," Cruz said. "He'll be turning eight-years-old on January 1, so he isn't a young horse anyway. If he is going to take a long time to get back to the shape where we could look at racing him again, then it might be a better idea to retire him."