Shadwell Turf Mile Hero Grand Arch Retired To Owners’ Farm

by | 10.10.2017 | 1:50pm
Grand Arch charges to victory in the Shadwell Turf Mile.

Jim and Susan Hill's Grand Arch, winner of the 2015 Shadwell Turf Mile (G1) and third that year in the Breeders' Cup Mile (G1) at Keeneland, has been retired to a life of leisure at the Hills' Margaux Farm in nearby Midway, Kentucky.

“He is enjoying his retirement,” trainer Brian Lynch said. “He had a (minor) injury and we don't think he could have continued racing at the top level.”

Grand Arch, an 8-year-old Arch gelding, closed his 29-race career in July with seven wins and earnings of $1,894,563. The two-time Keeneland sales graduate made eight starts at Keeneland, racing here at least once a year from 2012-2016. He made three starts in the Shadwell Turf Mile, finishing second to Horse of the Year Wise Dan in 2014, and also won two allowance races here.

“He certainly was a fixture in our stable and at Keeneland, and he is a very, very hard horse to replace,” Lynch said. “He loved being at Keeneland and we miss having him at the barn.”

Lynch and his team have a worthy successor in Terry Hamilton's Heart to Heart, another top-level grass specialist, who was a close second in the Shadwell Turf Mile on Saturday.

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