BC Juvenile Winner New Year’s Day Retired Due to Injury

by | 12.26.2013 | 3:06pm
2013 BC Juvenile winner New Year's Day

New Year's Day, who sprang a 10-1 upset in the Grade 1 Breeders' Cup Juvenile Nov. 2, has been retired due to injury.

The Daily Racing Form's Jay Privman reported via Twitter Thursday afternoon that the Bob Baffert-trained colt suffered a chipped sesamoid in his left hind. Baffert told Privman that the injury is non-displaced, and called it “gut-wrenching” and “a freak deal.”

New Year's Day, a son of Street Cry, has had just one breeze since the Breeders' Cup, going :37.80 on Dec. 15. According to Privman, the injury was discovered after a routine gallop earlier this week; Gary West, who owns the colt along with his wife, Mary, made the decision to retire the talented juvenile yesterday.

New Year's Day was bred in Kentucky by Clearsky Farms, and sold by Clearsky at Keeneland September Yearling Sale for $425,000 to Ben Glass, agent for Gary and Mary West.

The Thoroughbred Daily News reports that New Year's Day will stand at Hill ‘n' Dale Farm in 2014.


  • TrishaS

    too bad for horse and connections…they just profiled him on TVG & had him as a contender for 2014 big races…glad at least he survives & will have a good life.

  • 4Bellwether666

    Glad to hear he will be OK as they all ready have a stud deal done…Haven’t gotten into the new year yet and the stars start falling…

  • Alexa Pilcher

    breed baby, breed .. northern and southern… maybe get 800 mares per annum, go, go, go …

  • Right then, Right now

    What is the new average number of starts for Hill’n Dale stallions? Two or three?

    • yes

      Look up the sire list genius. Stormy Atlantic (11) is one of North America’s best and consistent sires. Candy Ride had how many starts? Midnight Lute just had another G-1 winner and all stood or currently stand at Hill n Dale. I remember you, you like the breed for free deals. You have mentioned my name a few times with negative comments typical of the coward you are. You mentioned having horses with Cuoto for many years so I guess I could find out who you are but I won’t waste my time . Look up all categories in the industry. Our record speaks for itself. Change your name to wrong then and wrong now. jgs

      • Right then, Right now

        I will be very careful when I start my car tomorrow morning.

      • Right then, Right now

        I will be very careful when I start my car tomorrow morning, John

      • Tinky

        OK, let’s actually take a look at Hill ‘n Dale, given Rt, Rn’s hyperbolic assertion, and John Sikura’s rebuttal.

        First, I give credit to Mr. Sikura for engaging on the forum, and he is right to react to Rt, Rn’s hyperbole. Second, this is a problem that has been endemic in the American industry, and is hardly confined to one or two stud farms.

        Hill ‘n Dale currently advertises nine stallions. As Sikura correctly points out, Stormy Atlantic has been both a successful sire, and does not get particularly unsound stock. Having said that, he is 19 years old, and not exactly representative of the contemporary roster.

        Of the remaining eight, the average number of starts was 7.8, though that number was somewhat depressed given that Maclean’s Music raced only once(!). In total, four of the eight raced eight or less times, while the other four raced between 10 and 13 times.

        What does all of this mean? Well, on the one hand, it’s safe to say that Hill ‘n Dale that Rt, Rn’s assertion is hyperbolic. Having said that, when juxtaposing them to another high-profile stallion station, it does appear that Hill ‘n Dale is not emphasizing durability in relative terms. Winstar, which does have a much larger roster, stands no less than 13 stallions that raced more than any of H’nD’s offerings. Furthermore, there are four stallions on Winstar’s roster that raced over 20 times, and only five of 23 raced less than ten times. So, it is quite clear which of the two farms places a greater emphasis on durability, and hat’s off to Winstar in that regard.

        I don’t have enough interest to do more comparisons at the moment, but I think that it’s safe to say that while Hill ‘n Dale is not the poster child for much of what is wrong with American breeding, it’s current roster does broadly reflect the insidious trend that has contributed to the decline of the breed over the past few decades.

        • Knowitall

          Nicely done.
          Speed sells, and farms have to take who they can get in a competitive stallion prospect market, too. I’m surprised you didn’t point out how many of the HnD roster listed Baffert as trainer? But with relationships and available investment resources at stake, it is about more than a simple philosophy regarding sound, durable animals, Pretty sure it is safe to say everyone would like one of those if he was also a fast 2 or 3 yr old Gr. 1 winner?

          • Tinky

            It is true that there has long been significant market pressure to stand fast, early developing horses. On the other hand, Winstar is one of the most successful stallion stations in operation, and yet they have been able to largely buck the trend.

            I also took a quick look at Airdrie, as Governor Jones has long been a thoughtful breeder himself. Of their eight current stallions, three raced 19, 20, and 21 times respectively (with another at 17), while only two raced less than 10 times. Again, like Winstar, there certainly appears to be a greater emphasis on durability than at some farms, and there is no suggestion that their business is suffering as a result.

          • Knowitall

            Not sure I buy the WInstar plug or their “success” since Distorted Humor was almost sold off and was sheer luck of the draw when they bought Prestonwood Farm and stock back in 2000 or so, and since their current stallion roster is cobbled from the demise of Pauls Mill and Vinery as well as their original core group (DH, Speightstown, and Tiznow headlining) and some recent splashy overvalued buys. JMO. They are bigfooting right now in terms of number of stallions, and I find their listed fees a reach in most cases, not as fair as other major farms. Management wise, more turnover than one would hope to see, too. Again, jmo. Add salt.

            But no one does more with his horses on the breeding side than Jones, sells them at the height of value, and no stallion master has a better eye, or seeks a better looking animal. Appreciate the stats on longevity, Tinky. No surprise about B. Jones.

      • Elliot ness

        The big players in this game have teeth and they bite. Very competitive nature one must have to get large and in charge in this game. I must be a lamb, I hang out at turfway.

    • Knowitall

      I don’t think HnD has cornered that market. Has a great record of launching and making stallions. That said, Danzig and Pulpit in example stood at the venerable Claiborne Farm. So what’s your point?

  • Don Reed

    The Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Jinx is awesome. Awe-inspiring. Absolutely dependable when all else fails & falls by the wayside. Makes the 1929 Yankees look like the 2013 football Giants.

  • Ida Lee

    Let’s summarize some of the stories I’ve read on the PR in the last 24 hours: 1. St Nic is doing great (I’m so happy); 2. Summer Bird is dead (I can’t stop crying); 3. Mucho Macho Man wins Vox Populi award (I’m so happy); 4. the baby New Year’s Day is retired due to injury (I’m miserable); 5. Cost of Freedom finds a home (I’m happy and miserable – why was he in a position of having to be rescued in the first place?) Conclusion: I both love and hate this sport…

    • Beach

      I’m with you–kind of like “whiplash”…Ugh…

  • Ned Daly

    Makes the early Derby Futures bets look even more silly.

  • Hoops and Horses

    This is where with the rules in place in Harness Racing, New Year’s Day I would think would be allowed to stand his three year old season at stud but would have to return to the track, provided he is healthy for his four year old season (for those who don’t know, in Harness Racing, with some injury exceptions horses sired by stallions who were four or younger at the time of conception are ineligible for almost ALL of the major stakes in standardbred racing and is something I’d like to see the Triple Crown track operators not only implement, but expand on to where such horses would have to race through their five year old season). I would have New Year’s Day stand stud this year, but if he is healthy, I would point to return him next year at four.

    • Mimi Hunter

      That is a very interesting rule. I’d like to see something like that in TB racing. It would have a snowball’s chance in Hell of being implemented. Hardly a week goes by that we don’t hear of some colt or other being retired due to injury. That is in effect selective breeding – and we are selecting for broken bones and bleeding – not a real good way of improving the breed – but then they have to get that purchase price back somehow

      • Hoops and Horses

        Yes, but this is also why I would make it where they have to race through their five year old season. Doing that would force changes in the way horses are bred if breeders know they have to breed for soundness, stamina and durability over speed, precociousness and the quick buck.

        The rule which went into effect for 2013 in Harness Racing (originally by Meadowlands owner Jeff Gural with Woodbine Entertainment following suit) had it desired effect as virtually every top three year old in 2012 came back for their four year old seasons in 2013.

        • Mimi Hunter

          I’d take a good guess that about 1/2 to 3/4 of the TB colts won’t finish their 5 y/o year. The owners and trainers wouldn’t like that rule very much. What abut the mares?

          • Hoops and Horses

            Not sure if the rules apply to mares (in harness racing, all fillies become mares when they turn four), but I would think it does as well.

            I would think if the rules made it to where they did have to race through age five, you would not immediately, but over time would see significant changes to how horses are bred to reflect having to have horses be able to make 40-50 starts over a career and not the 10-20 they do now. Horses would also be able to withstand racing better and likely would be able to race more frequently, which likely would bring those totals to 50-60 starts over time.

          • Mimi Hunter

            I don’t think that harness horses have the catastrophic breakdowns as frequently as flat racers, but I don’t know how to check. Eventually the TB breed would be better for it, but I can’t see anyone wanting to cut their income drastically on something they may not live to see. The whole way of training would probably have to change.

  • Breeders Cup Enthusiast

    The West’s will probably blame the injury on the fact that they had to run without Lasix in the Breeder’s Cup. The same organization that he threatened to sue for selfish and ridiculous reasons. Mr. West also said he would donate $1Million for research to show that Lasix was necessary for horses to run in races. WHERE’S THE MONEY MR. WEST. WE’RE STILL WAITING.

    • Hoops and Horses

      Absolutely. The Wests I think have to either “put up or shut up” on this one.

      What is needed is a five-year phase-out of Lasix from the sport.

  • DeePet

    I just read Baffert’s comment in TDN: “Any time you are dealing with a sesamoid, it is a tough call. But with a horse of this caliber, I would never feel comfortable. It is not going to affect his everyday life, but for racing, it is a different story.”

    So it’s no problem if the injury happened to a horse of lesser caliber?

    • Hoops and Horses

      I’m sure Baffert and the Wests would love it if Thoroughbred Racing followed the same rules now in place in Harness Racing, especially the part where top horses essentially have to return for their four year old seasons.

  • Tonto

    Maybe if the industry would spend more time on the track training and less in stall or the walker and hoping the vet can get ‘one more start’ we would start weeding out the chronically unsound
    instead of breeding more like them. 50-100 lifetime starts was no big deal before the ‘boom’ and breed anything hit the industry

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