Two-time Eclipse Award-winner Tepin has been retired from racing, according to a report in the Thoroughbred Daily News.
Owner Robert Masterson told the TDN, “Tepin is being retired. There is nothing physically wrong with her. She just isn't interested in running any more.”
“There are no plans to breed her this year. It's too late, and we've not made any decision on her future.”
After earning her second turf championship for her incredible 2016 season – which saw her defeat a talented field in the Group 1 Queen Anne Stakes at Royal Ascot – Tepin was kept in training this year, with a plan to return to Royal Ascot once again. However, she missed a planned first start in the Endeavour Stakes at Tampa Bay Downs in February after a mild bout of colic.
Tepin later refused to go into a work at Palm Meadows March 27, and was then moved to Churchill Downs for a change in scenery. After discussing their options in the time since, her connections decided that it would in her best interest to retire her.
“After she refused to work at Palm Meadows, she was moved to Churchill to see if a change of venue would improve her attitude towards racing, and she basically has no interest in it any more,” Masterson said.
“It's time to let her retire. She's done so much for us. She's done everything she can possibly do. I think she's been one of the greatest turf mares that has ever been. She doesn't owe us anything. It's all about the horse. She owes us nothing, and if that's what she wants to do , that's what we're going to let her do. I appreciate all the fan support she's had over the last few years. The joy she brought to people, her way of running and the successes that she's had.”
Tepin currently remains with trainer Mark Casse's string at Churchill Downs.
Read more in the Thoroughbred Daily News
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