Starlight Racing announced Sunday morning via twitter that the stable's Grade 2 winner Itsaknockout would be retired from racing. The 4-year-old son of Lemon Drop Kid suffered a fractured sesamoid when finishing sixth Saturday's Maker's 46 Mile, discovered with x-rays when the colt was lame Sunday morning, according to the Courier-Journal.
“According to the vets,” said Jack Wolf, founder of Starlight, “if we did operate, the odds of him coming back at the level he's used to performing will not be good. We just have to go ahead and retire him and find a place where he can hopefully start his next career” at stud.
Itsaknockout raced out of trainer Todd Pletcher's barn, finishing ninth in the 2015 Kentucky Derby after a winning effort in the Gr. 2 Fountain of Youth. With a lengthy break following the Derby, Itsaknockout returned to win an allowance race at Gulfstream in December, then finished fourth in the Donn Handicap and fifth in the Gulfstream Park Handicap.
Read more at the Courier-Journal.
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