‘Queen Of The Turf’, Eclipse Champion Tepin Retired From Racing

by | 04.18.2017 | 11:49am
Tepin (Bernstein), Julien Leparoux up, wins the BC Mile.

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

  • Tiznowbaby

    Will miss watching this beauty race. Long live the queen.

    • OopsyDaisy3

      Tiznowbaby, sharing your same thoughts as with everyone else. She was such a majestic looking and acting competitor. Her Queen Anne Stakes performance was poetry in
      motion. Be safe and enjoy your motherhood dutiesTepin and thank you.
      And thanks to Mr. Casse and her thoughtful owner, Mr. Masterson. Linda in Texas

  • FlyingDutchman

    Good for them for not pushing her and realizing that The Queen owes them nothing.

  • Betsy Baxter

    God bless her! And her connections for taking such good care of her…during her reign and now that she’s decided she’s over it. I hope she ends up here in the Bluegrass! Love her!

  • Maurice B. Quirin

    Great decision. Let Tepin do what she wants to do and not race.

  • Bryan Langlois

    Happy to see the Queen retire safe and sound. Sometimes it is just that way with fillies and mares. They just loose interest after a while. Glad to see them doing what is best for her!!

  • venetian

    What a ride!!!

  • Deb

    That is the right way to treat a great horse. Good job. I hope others follow your lead with their horses, all the way down to the claimers.

  • Bella

    “She doesn’t owe us anything. it’s all about the horse” Lucky, lucky Tepin to be listened to by caring owners. She is a great mare and a treasure for all of us. Bless her with a long and happy life and I am grateful her people took such good care of her so she could retire sound and healthy. Will look forward to a future foal , just like her. Always will love Tepin.

  • Jbumi

    Enjoy retirement! You were a fantastic runner & won’t be forgotten! I’d make a date with Gio Ponti for next year! 😸

    • Judy Fraizer

      Oh yeah, Gio!! I was thinking about who deserves that honor; kept thinking Europeans. Good call!

      • Jbumi

        Thanks! As you can probably guess, I was a big Gio fan!!

    • Tiznowbaby

      Too much Storm Cat up close for that match, IMO. It will be interesting to see who they match her with next year – she has Northern Dancer top and bottom

  • Tinky

    Were a textbook to be written, this would be an excellent, contrasting example to the Lady’s Secret debacle.

    • ziggypop

      What happened to Lady’s Secret?

      • Tinky

        She soured on racing as a 5yo, but Lukas kept running her (“she’s 100% sound”) until she finally bolted to the outside fence in her final race at Saratoga, and it dawned on her connections that perhaps there was also a mental component.

        Pathetic management.

        • Jackmw

          Was there that day and remember it well!! Gene Klein’s face was as ashen as his mare’s coat! I think that’s when he finally realized that her career was over!!

          • manyhorses

            I remember watching that race, she ran to the small out gate on the final turn and stopped dead still and refused to move…………when a mare decides she’s NOT doing something, that’s it. I remembered a quote I read in the Western Horseman magazine, by a rancher, who fed with horses on a ranch in the Mountains, ‘These magnificent animals will give you their Lives, if you foolishly ask for it.’

        • ziggypop

          Thank you!

        • Lehane

          Absolutely, Tinky.

  • Gail

    Bravo Mr Masterson for listening to your horse. Enjoy your retirement beautiful mare. I sure will miss seeing run though.

  • billy

    Like I will always maintain for the horse and about the horse wonderful Mr masterson go enjoy your horse

  • Bob Smith

    Sorry to see the Queen of the Turf leave.

  • Ida Lee

    I thought this was coming…Queens know when to make a graceful exit and move on to something else..thank you to Tepin’s connections ….this is the way to handle a great athlete who has given so much to her sport…let her go when it’s time…. and Queen Tepin ….what a beauty, what a talent, what a ride ….Love Live Our Queen of the Turf ….

  • Julian

    What is the hurry, they didn’t even give Chappa a call? or Preciado a call? Thats what you do when trying everything!

  • Anonymous

    She said to everyone….I have nothing left to prove. I appreciate her owners and her training team for listening.

  • gus stewart

    Bravo connections that u didnt keep trying to find a way to get her racing again.. shes one special mare who has communication skills that most of the good ones seem to have more of.. congrats again to ownership

  • roseann cherasaro

    Well done! May the Queen of the Turf live a long and happy life!She was amazing to watch and it warms the heart to see her retired when she said hey I’ve had enough great call by her team.

  • Larry Sterne

    thank you for putting the horse first

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