Saratoga Day 18, 8/9
The Phillips Racing Partnership announced the retirement of Winter Memories on Thursday after the Grade I Diana winner was found to have an uncommon degenerative bone disease in her ankles.
“The irony is I don't think I have ever been around a more sound horse,” John Phillips, manager of the family's racing partnership, said in a news release.
The home-bred daughter of Memories of Silver will join her dam at Darby Dan Farm, along with two half sisters, as a broodmare. No breeding plans have been made yet. She finished her career 8-2-0 from 12 starts, all of them graded stakes except her debut in a maiden special weight race.
“This was a total surprise to everyone concerned,” Phillips said. “Winter Memories had trained flawlessly up to the Diana, raced impressively, and was happy to be back on the track again. She looks and acts great, but two days ago, her ankles were a little warm despite flexing well, precautionary X-rays were taken and the results were crushing news."
In the day's feature race at Saratoga Race Course, My Jopia held on to win by a nose over Manero in the $100,000 New York Stallion Series Statue Of Liberty Division.
“I had a really great trip,” winning jockey Ramon Dominguez said. “I didn't know how much speed was going to develop. On paper, there was the potential for a lot of speed. I just let her come over from there, and she was comfortable laying second. Turning for home, there was a little give to the ground due to the rain we got not long ago. She seemed like she was getting tired, but she kept on fighting to get up.”
It was the fourth winner of the day for Dominguez, who has 30 in the first 18 days of the meet.
Morning-line favorite I Bet Toni Knows was scratched at the gate.
The card opened with the $75,000 Mrs. Ogden Phipps steeplechase, won by 23-1 shot Cat Feathers by 1 1/4 lengths. The 4-year-old New York-bred overcame 12-year-old Sweet Shani at the end of the 2 1/16 miles, who was looking to give Hall of Fame trainer Jonathan Sheppard his first winner of the meet.