Unrivaled Belle broke her withers when she fell backward waiting to be saddled for Belmont Park's Ogden Phipps Handicap Saturday, according to David Grening in the Daily Racing Form. Her connections announced her retirement early Saturday evening.
Trainer Bill Mott expressed frustration over what he felt was an inordinate amount of time Unrivaled Belle had to spend in the saddling paddock.
“It took so long to bring the saddles out, if we came in the paddock and the saddles were there and put the saddle on her I could have handed her over to the pony,'' said Mott, who had made arrangements to have Unrivaled Belle be led out from the paddock to the track first. “We walked and walked, and the longer we walked the more buzzed up she got. It's one thing to wait five minutes, but why should you have to wait any longer than that?”
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