Shirley and Jerrold Schwartz’ 10-year-old multi-millionaire gelding Cloudy's Knight , who sustained a tendon injury in a April 19 workout, may be retired from racing, according to Daily Racing Form.
The son of Lord Avie would have likely been a solid favorite in the closing day feature at Keeneland, the April 23 Fifth Third Elkhorn Stakes (gr. IIT).
Trainer Jonathan Sheppard told DRF that Cloudy’s Knight was cooling out normally following his five-furlong breeze, which he covered in a minute flat over Keeneland’s Polytrack, but later had trouble walking. Sheppard said a veterinarian had advised him to wait a few days before coming to a decision about Cloudy’s Knight’s career.
Cloudy’s Knight, who is campaigned by the Schawartz’ in the name of their S J Stables, has a seasoned career record of 14-9-4 from 41 starts and earnings of more than $2.5 million. The gelding has won six graded stakes over the last seven seasons, including the 2007 Pattison Canadian International Stakes (Can-IT) at Woodbine en route to being named Canada’s champion grass horse that year.
Sheppard, who took over conditioning duties from Frank Kirby at the end of Cloudy’s Knight’s 8-year-old season, most recently saddled the gelding to win the 2009 W.L. McKnight Handicap (gr. IIT) at Calder Race Course.