Illuminant, a Grade 1 winner by Quality Road, has officially been retired from racing.
According to trainer, Michael McCarthy, Illuminant emerged from a workout last week exhibiting some signs of minor discomfort and subsequent diagnostics revealed enough wear and tear for Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners, SF Bloodstock and Sol Kumin to determine that the best thing to do for the filly would be to retire her safe and healthy.
“Illuminant was a brilliant filly,” McCarthy provided. “She did some things in the morning time and come game time that only extraordinary racehorses can do. I have been very fortunate to be around some elite fillies and she ranks right up there with the best of them. We are sad to see her leave the barn because she is so special to me, my family and our team, but we are proud she heads back to Kentucky in good order and ready to go on and tackle her new career as a broodmare.”
Illuminant won 6 races from 14 lifetime starts, including the G1 Gamely in 2016 going nine furlongs on the turf and this year's renewal of the G2 Monrovia sprinting 6 1/2-furlongs on the turf, both at Santa Anita. She was also a Listed winner and third behind Tepin in last year's running of the G1 Jenny Wiley at Keeneland. She banked over $536,000.
Eclipse President, Aron Wellman, stated, “Illuminant was G1 in every sense of the word. She was a beast of a mare who took our partners on a magical ride during her career. Michael did a masterful job developing her and it'll be tough to walk down his shedrow and not see that jet black beauty behind a webbing. That said, she owes us nothing and we'll keep a close eye on her offspring as she figures to be an incredible broodmare.”
Tom Ryan of SF Bloodstock said, “Illuminant provided us with some wonderful thrills this season. It was a punch to the gut to arrive at the decision to retire her because she's been working exceptionally well and we had a G1 campaign mapped out for her, but it's an honor to be associated with a filly of her caliber and we'll now focus on her next chapter. She's high class, a truly magnificent filly.”
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