Champion Abel Tasman, Vale Dori Retired To Breeding Shed

by | 11.04.2018 | 11:10am
Abel Tasman in the week leading up to the Breeders' Cup Distaff at Churchill Downs

A pair of Bob Baffert-trained distaffers will be retired to the breeding shed after crossing the line last and second-last in Saturday's Breeders' Cup Distaff at Churchill Downs, reports Vale Dori (Asiatic Boy), who finished 10th, will head to Hill 'n' Dale Farm and be bred to Triple Crown winner Justify in the stallion's first season.

Mating plans are undecided for champion Abel Tasman (Quality Road), who retires with a record of eight wins in 16 starts, including six Grade 1 victories. She earned a total of $2,793,385, but was beaten 22 lengths to finish last in the Distaff. She will be sent home to co-owner and breeder Clearsky Farm.

After Abel Tasman's disappointing Distaff run, both Baffert and jockey Mike Smith lamented their inability to find anything wrong with her.

“She just quit,” said Baffert. “She just quit running. Sometimes they do that. I thought she was in a good spot, he (Mike Smith) got aggressive with her, but she just doesn't want to run anymore it looks like.”

“I wish I knew what was wrong with her,” Smith added. “I wish it was something I can tell you so we can fix it.”

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