American racing has been trying to do all it can to be recognized internationally, where the Sport of Kings is much more highly regarded than the atmosphere that exists in the U.S.
But in this case, that world, with a Sheikh in the role of king, has taken a page from America’s book. Blue Point, the equine star of last week’s Royal Ascot meet, a horse now celebrated around the world by winning two Group 1 events in a span of five days, has been retired.
“To do what he did within five days was the pinnacle of his career and he couldn’t have done any more,” said trainer Charley Appleby upon announcing his retirement. “He retires fit and well to Dalham Hall where he will try and emulate his father Shamardal. He’s 5 now and thrives at Ascot, so we don’t think he has anything else to prove.”
The organization is looking for more lightning in a bottle by hoping to capitalize on the success of Blue Point’s sire, Shamardel, whose offspring won four races in total at the highly prestigious Royal meeting.
No small irony is the fact that the Diamond Jubilee Stakes on July 22 was a “Win and You’re In,” Breeders’ Cup event which Appleby was going to pass in any case in any case because he felt his star sprinter is better on a straightaway than rounding a turn. Apparently it was a “Win and Off to Stud” career ender.
As an American Thoroughbred fan I would miss him at this year’s Breeders’ Cup championships. And once again, what’s good for the sport finishes a bad second to what’s good for the breeding shed, where the real money lives.
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