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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