Multiple graded stakes winner Rail Trip has been retired and is expected to arrive at the Old Friends farm in Kentucky later this month, owner Samantha Siegel confirmed to the Blood-Horse.
The 9-year-old gelding retires with nine wins, seven seconds and a third-place finish from 27 lifetimes starts, accounting for $1,516,520 in earnings. Most notably, the son of Jump Start, out of Carson City mare Sweet Trip, won the Grade 1 TVG/Betfair Hollywood Gold Cup Handicap in 2009. Rail Trip also added back-to-back Grade 2 wins at Hollywood Park, in the Mervyn Leroy and Californian Stakes in 2010 as well as a victory in the Grade 2 San Diego Handicap at Del Mar in 2012 before running second to Tapizar in the Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile. Only raced four times last year, his retirement follows a fifth-place finish in the Big Bear Stakes at Santa Anita on Oct. 31.
He is expected to leave trainer Ron Elliis' base at Hollywood Park to a nearby farm before shipping to Old Friends on or around Jan. 17. Siegel added that the stakes winner is retiring sound, telling the Blood-Horse, “It was love at first sight with Rail Trip. I wish I had a big enough backyard for him here.”
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